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Uganda polls: Candidate vows to repatriate Idi Amin remains

A candidate in Uganda’s presidential elections has promised to repatriate the remains of the former dictator, Idi Amin, and build a museum in his honour.

The late former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin
The late former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin

Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister, is quoted as saying that the move would help reconcile Ugandans divided over the legacy of Amin and other leaders.

Mr Mbabazi is running against President Yoweri Museveni in next week’s polls.

Amin’s rule was notorious for its brutality. He was overthrown in 1979 and died in exile in 2003.

An armed forces chief under President Milton Obote, Amin seized power in a coup in 1971. He ordered the expulsion of Uganda’s Asian community a year later.

He became infamous for his capricious behaviour and for his punishment of political opponents. Some 400,000 people are estimated to have been killed while he was in power.

Amin fled Uganda in 1979, seeking refuge in Libya, Iraq and eventually Saudi Arabia, where he would remain for the rest of his life.

‘Labelling of Ugandans’

Mr Mbabazi made his promise to repatriate Amin’s remains on a visit to the former dictator’s ancestral home in north-west Uganda.

His spokeswoman said his party was campaigning for reconciliation and for the “forgiveness for any real or perceived wrongs in the past”.

“The issue of Idi Amin is one of them,” she told the AFP news agency.

Mr Mbabazi meanwhile told the state-owned New Vision newspaper that he wanted to end “the labelling of Ugandans” as Amin’s people, Obote’s people and Museveni’s people.

Mr Museveni has been in power for 30 years and is seeking a fifth term as president. Mr Mbabazi is one of seven candidates hoping to unseat him. BBC

  • He was Ugandan after all and should be buried in his homeland

    • Some of you guys just jump into commenting while you are completely ignorant on the subject.It helps to do a bit of research first before saying anything.Did you know that he killed an estimated 400000 people.Mind you not in a war but just murdering them?That he kept refridgerated human blood which he drank regulary because he believed it fortified him?I bet you would not be so forgiving if he had murdered your father,drained his blood and drank it.

    • Opinion on Idi Amin is greatly divided in Uganda itself … and it is entirely up to Ugandans to think what they what to do with their fellow citizen’s remains. I do not support whatever he is accused of having done, especially the killings and persecutions of all he didn’t agree with including the stripping of citizenship of Asians in a clear case of abuse of power and xenophobia. That said l know many many Ugandans who acknowledge among other things the economic growth recorded during Amin’s time … something which didn’t happen during Milton Obote’s two terms either side of Amin’s. Adong Anyira Agoro please help here. The world was never told that Milton Obote actually killed three times as many people as Amin in half the time when he took over Uganda in his second spell. You must not believe blindly what you hear in the sensational press especially the so called International one which is bent on portraying only THAT about Africa. I have been to Uganda and blindly conversed with Ugandans about what l “know” and have heard and read about Amin and l got the benefit of the other side that we never hear.

    • Amin remain the Hitler of africa no matter how one can try and defend him

    • World sat by whilst he had a cushy time in Saudi Arabia. Those he tortured and mudered and families of them shown no respect for their suffering. Usual story. If you are a leader you get away with murder. Same as those in Matabeleland murdered tortured. I do not care if Mugabe is a leader. A killer is a killer. He is scum more than guy begging on street who never done nothing. Maybe put up statue of him instead (beggar) than this non humane monster who calls himself a leader.

  • lol

    why not

  • To hell

  • Hmmmmmn,