Idi Amin Dictator This Day in History
With the help of Ugandan exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seize control of the capital of Kampala Uganda, April 11, 1979, marked the end of Idi Amin decade long violent rule.
This Day in History Idi Amin
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Shortly thereafter, Obote sent Amin to overthrow King Mutesa II, who ruled the powerful kingdom of Buganda in South-Central Uganda. Obote began to question Amin’s loyalty and ordered his arrest and in 1971, General Idi Amin, commander of the Ugandan armed forces overthrew the government of Milton Obote and declared himself president of Uganda.
Then-President Idi Amin, in his drive to return Uganda to Ugandans, expelled the South Asian population that composed a large share of the country’s business people and bankers. Amin organized groups such as the State Research Bureau (SRB) and Public Safety Unity (PSU), whose main purpose was to eliminate those who opposed his regime.
Amin escaped to Libya, eventually settling in Saudi Arabia. Amin is held responsible for the murder of 300,000 Ugandans but ever was brought to justice for his atrocious crimes. Amin lived out the remainder of his life in Saudi Arabia until his death of organ failure in 2003.
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