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Idi Amin

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Net worth 2018: $850,000
Industry: Presidents
Residence: Koboko, Uganda
Country: Ugandan
Died On: August 16, 2003
Education: Islamic school

Idi Amin was born in Koboko, Uganda, Ugandan. Idi Amin was the most controversial leader of Uganda. He served as the third President of the country from 1971 until 1979 and was widely regarded as the ‘Butcher of Uganda’ for his mass massacre of people. Before serving in the topmost position of the country, he had a modest beginning. Deserted by his father and raised by his mother, Amin dropped out of school at a very young age. In 1946, he joined the British colonial regiment and served in Somalia and Kenya. It was his sheer sense of determination, persistence and strength that helped him rise up the ranks to the post of the Afande or Warrant Officer, which was the highest rank for a Black African in the British army. He became a Commander of the forces and in 1971 he seized power by deposing Milton Obote in a military coup. Amin’s term at the presidency was marked by a period of immense disruption and annihilation. He expelled Asians from the country which further deteriorated the already-declining economy. He was essentially the reason behind the 1972 Uganda genocide which resulted in the death of more than one lakh people. Corruption, nepotism, human right abuse and political repression were at peak during his rule. International relations also suffered as he sought to develop alliance with Libya, Soviet Union and East Germany. Interestingly, he never received Distinguished Service Order (DSO) or a Military Cross (MC) decoration. Furthermore, he forcefully attained for himself honorary doctorate of law from Makerere University and declared himself as ‘CBE’ or ‘Conqueror of the British Empire’. Nevertheless, he self-proclaimed his title as ‘His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr. Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE’. Scroll further to know more about his life and profile.


Less than a month later, on August 16, 2003 he died due to multiple organ failure


He attempted to return to Uganda in 1989 but was forced to continue to lead a life in exile by Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko


Foreseeing the defeat, he fled to Libya on April 11, 1979


By 1978, his brutality and callousness led to a significant fall in the number of supporters


In 1976, under his administration, an Air France aircraft was hijacked and forced to land at the Entebbe Airport


in 1972, he expelled about 80,000 Asians from the country


In 1971, following conflict between Obote and himself, he carried out a military coup against Obote


In 1964, he was appointed to the post of Deputy Commander of the Army


The independence of Uganda from United Kingdom brought more good news for him as he was promoted as a Captain in 1962, eventually becoming a Major the following year


Upon returning to Uganda in 1961, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, thus becoming the second ever Ugandan to become commissioned officer


In 1959, he was promoted to the rank of Afande (warrant officer), he highest rank that a Black African could hope to reach in the colonial British Army of that time


In 1952, his brigade was deployed to deal with the Mau Mau rebels in Kenya


In 1949, along with the unit, he was deported to fight against the Somali rebels in Shifta War in North Kenya


In 1947, he was transferred to Kenya where he rendered his service to the 21st KAR infantry battalion in Gilgil for two years


He undertook various odd jobs to support his living, before being recruited as an assistant cook in the army in 1946 by a British colonial army officer


Though there is no accurate information as to when was Idi Amin born, it is speculated that he was born around 1925 either in Koboko or Kampala to Andreas Nyabire, an Islam convert and Assa Aatte, an herbalist and diviner

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