Idi Amin

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Idi Amin
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3rd President of Uganda
In office
25 January 1971 – 11 April 1979
Vice PresidentMustafa Adrisi
Preceded byMilton Obote
Succeeded byYusufu Lule
Personal details
BornIdi Amin Dada
(1925-08-17)August 17, 1925
Koboko, Uganda
DiedAugust 16, 2003(2003-08-16) (aged 77)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
NationalityUgandan
Spouse(s)Malyamu Amin (divorced)
Kay Amin (divorced)
Nora Amin (divorced)
Madina Amin (widow)
Sarah Amin (widow)
ProfessionSoldier
Boxer
ReligionIslam
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Uganda Uganda
Service/branchBritish Army
Ugandan Army
Years of service1946–1962 (UK)
1962–1979 (Uganda)
RankLieutenant (UK)
Field Marshal (Uganda, self-styled)
UnitKing's African Rifles
CommandsCommander-in-Chief of the Forces
Battles/warsMau Mau Uprising
1971 Ugandan coup d'état
Uganda-Tanzania War

Idi Amin Dada (17 August 1925[1] – 16 August 2003) was a repressive dictator of the African country of Uganda. The President of Tanzania at the time, Julius Nyerere, invaded Uganda to save the country from Amin.

Amin was famous for sending all Asians, mainly from India and Pakistan, out of Uganda. He threw them out because he believed they were taking the jobs of Ugandans. Many of the Asians that left Uganda came back after Amin was thrown out.

He was a convert to Islam.[2] He supported the cause of Palestine freedom. This caused the hijacking of an Air France flight that landed in Uganda.

Amin became known as a very brutal leader and became in the 1970s compared to historical persons such as Caligula, Hitler, Beria and Himmler. In several of the neighboring countries he was stamped as "sadist, murderer, fascist and oppressor." (Taken from the Norwegian wikipedia)


In 2003, Amin died in Saudi Arabia from kidney failure at age 77. He lived in Saudi Arabia after being thrown out of Uganda, he was barred from ever returning since he left. He died one day before his 78th birthday.

He was put on life support on July 18, but when his organs began to fail, life support mechanism was disconnected by his family. He was buried without any memorial in a simple grave without headstone.

The Last King of Scotland (2006) is about Amin's government. Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award for best actor.

References[change | change source]

  1. Many sources, like Encyclopædia Britannica, Encarta and the Columbia Encyclopedia, hold that Amin was born in Koboko or Kampala circa 1925, and that the exact date of his birth is unknown. Researcher Fred Guweddeko claimed that Amin was born on 17 May 1928,[1], but that is disputed.[2] The only certainty is that Amin was born some time during the mid-1920s.
  2. The Idi Amin I knew