Idi Amin called himself ''a pure son of Africa,'' but his bizarre and murderous eight years as president of Uganda typified the worst of the continent's military dictatorships. He was Amin died today at King Faisal Specialist hospital, a hospital official said. He had been hospitalized on life-support systems since July He was in a coma and suffering from high blood pressure when he was admitted to the hospital.
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Amin died in August , aged He was buried in Saudi Arabia where he had spent the last 24 years of his life in exile, disgrace and silence. He was viewed in the West as a murderous buffoon, a jovial psychopath. In eight bloody years, from to , his brutal regime has been blamed for the deaths of up to , people in mass executions and tribal purges.
Rumours of cannibalism swirled around the despot and it was claimed he kept the heads of his most powerful enemies in his fridge. Amin's bloodlust was matched only by his craving for women. He fathered about 60 children - the exact number is unknown - none of whom has ever spoken publicly. Until now. The year-old English-educated son of the dictator has given The Mail on Sunday the first interview ever granted by a close family member.
In doing so he breaks the vow of silence sworn by the Amin clan since they fled Uganda in Jaffar and some of his siblings were finally allowed to return a decade later. My family want to keep a low profile but I feel it is time to speak. Jaffar Amin was born in That same year Milton Obote, Uganda's first prime minister after the country won independence from Britain, promoted Idi Amin to army chief of staff.
Although my father did not separate from Sarah then, the relationship between my father and my mother wreaked havoc, even though it was an informal relationship, and after my birth they separated. At the age of three Jaffar was farmed out to Idi's mother, Aisha. My father loved her completely. He was in awe of her, she was everything to him. The move to live with his grandmother began a childhood odyssey that would see Jaffar eventually meet dozens of his father's offspring by six marriages and countless mistresses.
My father paid a lot of bride prizes in his life. When Jaffar's grandmother died in , he was left in the care of a number of his father's close military allies. The future president's children were housed in boarding schools in a series of army barracks that would become the scenes of dramatic military attacks - often witnessed by the young Amins.
It was unbelievable for a small kid. The people trying to attack had been forced back. I suppose you could say our father had put us in danger, but he always had key people to look after his affairs. He made sure we had guardian angels. Jaffar did not meet Idi face-to-face until , when he was four and his father As with most things in Amin's life, the encounter was bizarre and unsettling.
The bewildered boy was ushered into a stately dining room where, at the end of a large ornate table bedecked with finest British silver cutlery, sat a huge bear of a man wearing a multi-coloured African shirt and American khaki trousers. He did not raise his sweat-soaked face from his huge plate of steaming chicken.
Jaffar hesitantly raised a forkful to his lips and ate it. Within seconds he was clutching at his throat and gasping for breath: the dish was smothered in searingly hot chilli sauce. His tears of shock and pain were mirrored by those streaming down his father's face: tears of mirth. Idi was convulsed with laughter.
He had, Jaffar admits, an 'unusual' sense of humour. Within a year of this meeting Amin had seized power from Obote in a coup and begun his brutal reign. By then Jaffar was being brought up on Nakasero Lodge, another official residence, by his father's second wife, Kay.
My father used to love being massaged by his kids so one of us would take each leg and arm and another would be on his back. One of his favourite jokes was to run at people with a spear. They would be shocked to see this huge figure hurtling at them. Then he would throw the spear so it landed at their feet. I thought of him as like Mohammad Ali he had that same sense of mischief. He was also a great fan of cartoons; he enjoyed slapstick. Tom and Jerry was his favourite.
Amin was particular about his clothes, Jaffar reveals. He had to have cravats, was obsessed by them. But it was not exclusively British. A Mercedes coupe, a gift from Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, was a particular favourite.
Another plaything was an amphibious car. This tickled my father. Because they were not considered Ugandan, the young Idi was denied formal education and Jaffar believes that resentment later fuelled many of his father's actions.
In , Idi spent time working cutting sugar cane, an unpleasant and difficult job. My father was friends with a CIA agent who had new equipment from the US, including planes for our trips. My record was nine seconds. He said it would help us be good marksmen.
He would watch films of the Harlem Globetrotters and then organise games with his troops but, although basketball is a non-contact sport, whenever my dad played it ended up being more like a wrestling contest. Things got pretty rough. Amin's resentment of the West stemmed from his unrequited love for Britain. He had served in the King's African Rifles, a British colonial regiment, attaining the highest possible rank for a black African, effendi.
He wanted to be a loyal servant, despite his mannerisms. I am an example of what he wanted, because he dumped me in England for my education when we went into exile. A lot of the colonial and Army officers early in my father's career were Scottish.
My father even offered to help them win secession from the UK. As Uganda staggered from one bout of bloodletting to another, Amin would take his children out to the provinces in his Mercedes cars.
Jaffar remembers his young brothers Moses and Mwanga being dressed in mini military uniforms on these trips, as he donned a safari suit. He would take with him his children from local mothers to show his loyalty to the area. He would say, 'This is your child. But Amin's regime was becoming increasingly paranoid, with Christian ethnic groups being purged from the army in favour of those largely Muslim tribal groups who shared Amin's own background.
But the conflict was taking its toll and in Amin ordered the invasion of neighbouring Tanzania while trying to quell a mutiny. The decision would cost him his crown. He looked at me and said, 'They have attacked me again. The Tanzanians. It is a big force this time. I realised something was wrong because there were hordes of soldiers around whom I did not recognise.
Jaffar and his siblings were sent back to their missionary school outside Kampala, but the advancing Tanzanian forces cut them off. I used to watch The Famous Five. When we got into the truck I was amazed by the amount of military equipment in there. We could hear the hyenas laughing in the pitch black.
The following day the convoy made it back to Kampala. It was amazing and there was a sense of disbelief. There I started to realise how many children my father had because he was having 80 seats installed in a plane for us all. He wanted to stay on to make his last stand, even though he knew the war was lost.
Instead, Amin fled to Libya where he spent the next 12 months. But he was restless. Jaffar says: ' We had come from absolute power to almost nothing. My father felt like the man who was once a corporate executive in New York but was now retired in Florida and had only the fishing to look forward to. Instead he began to talk about going to Saudi Arabia.
In Amin took up a Saudi offer of refuge. The Saudis feared his dreadful reputation was damaging the image of Islam and hoped that if he was based in their country they could guarantee his silence.
Jaffar went with his father and remembers the luxury well. He had more than 30 of us kids with him and he would tell us, 'You have to liberate Uganda with the fedayeen [Islamic soldiers].
All his children were given commando training. When not plotting coups, Amin indulged his other great passion: shopping. The Lebanese security guards would stare at us in disbelief. Already a bear of a man, Amin allowed himself to become even fatter in exile.
In Jeddah, he loved us to go as a family to fast-food restaurants. Amin also spent a lot of time playing the accordion.
The Saudi government supported he and his family since he fled Uganda on 11 April Retrieved 8 May Among the most prominent people killed were Benedicto Kiwanuka , a former prime minister and chief justice ; Janani Luwum , the Anglican archbishop ; Joseph Mubiru, the former governor of the central bank of Uganda ; Frank Kalimuzo, the vice chancellor of Makerere University; Byron Kawadwa, a prominent playwright; and two of Amin's own cabinet ministers, Erinayo Wilson Oryema and Charles Oboth Ofumbi. Chance the Rapper: Handsome Live. Amin in At the age of three Jaffar was farmed out to Idi's mother, Aisha. Jaffar and his siblings were sent back to their missionary school outside Kampala, but the advancing Tanzanian forces cut them off.
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Amin has now moved from his former house near Jeddah city centre to a more exclusive area. His new residence, in an area mainly occupied by powerful oil sheikhs, is about 8km from the Jeddah city centre. With his hefty monthly stipend from the Saudi government, the ex-field marshal proudly talks about the five satellite dishes installed at his new house. The one-time heavyweight boxing champion of Uganda still likes football, boxing and tennis.
He spends his free time glued to TV sports channels. He also spends a great deal of time watching news programmes. He boasts that he now speaks a number of languages fluently, including Arabic, English, French and Lingala, the Congolese language. Nowadays, Amin usually drives a white Cadillac, although sources say he has several cars. During the Seventies, he liked to drive in rallies in his Maserati with Sarah, then the youngest of his wives.
I can drive any type of car if I wanted. But further talk about Uganda makes him wear a grim face. His former boxing team-mate Tom Kawere and ex-national soccer star Kalibbala are among those he misses. He tells me to send his regards to Kawere, saying that Amin misses him. He is grief-stricken when we talk about some of his former officers, now dead from violence or old age.
They can say I am 60, 70 or years old. Shauri yao. I am not bothered]. He sounds well informed about world events and seems to be keenly following what is happening in Uganda, the Great Lakes region and other places. He dwells a lot on political issues, like the war in Congo and the activities of rebels in northern Uganda.
He pours scorn on the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni — saying he is bitter that the new government had taken or destroyed five of his houses. He castigates Ugandan Muslim leaders who embezzled millions of dollars meant for the construction of the mosques in Uganda. When the late king Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia visited Uganda in November when Amin was the darling of the Arab world , he donated funds for their construction.
He does not blame anyone for his defeat. Instead he hails his army, mainly the air force, for putting up a gallant fight against the Tanzanian invaders. Although his soldiers had the potential to raze Kampala to the ground before fleeing, he claims he discouraged them. In he declared himself president for life and embarked on a campaign to humiliate British nationals, climaxing in the summer of that year when he forced four Englishmen to carry him around in an Organization of African Unity rally in a sedan chair.
Amin received some international attention in June-July of when he allowed Palestinian and East German terrorists to use Entebbe airport as a base to hold a group of hostages from a hijacked Air France airliner from Israel.
In a daring midnight raid on July 4, , Israeli commandos freed the hostages. Although Amin claimed he was trying to negotiate the hostages' release, there was irrefutable evidence that he was indeed cooperating with and supporting the hijackers. Although he converted to Islam, Amin was oppressive in his new religion and was a noted polygamist with at least five wives and 23 children.
By Uganda's economy was in shambles with a failing infrastructure, and Amin began losing support almost everywhere. In an attempt to rally the Ugandan people for his support, Amin in the spring of ordered his army to invade neighboring Tanzania, occupying square miles of the country, supposedly the beginning of his plan to conquer all of Africa for himself.
After a slow start, a force of 6, Ugandan rebels-in-exile, aided by a slowly mobilized 50,strong Tanzanian army, launched a counter-offensive against Amin's 70,strong army in December Amin's forces, demoralized and unwilling to fight any longer for their leader, rapidly collapsed. Although Col.
Muammar Gaddafi of Libya sent troops and equipment to aid Amin's army, and the Palestine Liberation Organization sent some of its fighters, they were not sufficient to quell the popular uprising that ensued throughout Uganda and the approaching Tanzanian troops and Ugandan rebels.
Amin's oppressive rule was brought to an end on April 11, when Tanzanian soldiers captured the Ugandan capital of Kampala, forcing Amin to flee into exile, taking most of his ill-gotten wealth and supporters with him. Amin first went to Libya and then to Saudi Arabia where he lived until his death in Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
IMDb More. Edit Idi Amin. Showing all 34 items. The Saudi government supported he and his family since he fled Uganda on 11 April In return, the Saudis--who won't talk about their infamous guest--demand he stay silent and engage in no political activity about Uganda.
In July he became the first Ugandan to become a commissioned officer in the British colonial King's African Rifles. Conferred a doctorate of law on himself from Makerere University.
Amin had been the chief of staff of Uganda's army and air force until Was overweight and suffered from hypertension and fatigue in his later years, leading to his slipping into a coma on July 18, , and his body gave out almost one month later, on August 16, His friendship with King Faisal I of Saudi Arabia helped ease the way for a quiet retirement in that country, and Amin died in a hospital named after the King.
In a stunning military operation, Israeli commandos flew to Uganda, landed unobserved at the far end of Entebbe, and in a coordinated attack rescued the hostages and killed all the hijackers, along with a number of Ugandan troops who were protecting them.
Amin claimed he had been trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution, but there was overwhelming evidence that he was in league with the hijackers. During his rule, he declared himself King of Scotland, banned hippies and miniskirts, and attended a Saudi royal funeral wearing a kilt.
In he expelled 50, Asians, whose ancestors had come to Uganda as laborers for the British and became the country's premier traders and businessmen, saying God had told him to transform Uganda into "a black man's country. Deprived of its business class--since none of his appointees had the slightest idea about how to run a business--the East African nation plummeted into economic chaos. Human rights groups say that anywhere from ,, people were murdered during his eight-year rule.
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