Idi Amin: The Butcher of Uganda

In the 1970’s, Idi Amin Dada was the military dictator and self-proclaimed president of Uganda. He was renowned for his larger than life ego as he gave himself many titles that ultimately added up to His Excellency, President for Life Field Marshall Al Hadj Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Before rising to power, Idi Amin served with the King’s African Rifles division of the British colonial army, which he joined in 1946 as an assistant cook. He quickly moved through the ranks. Only two Ugandans had ever been commissioned officers in the British colonial army and Idi Amin was one of them with the rank of lieutenant, received in 1961. After Uganda declared its independence from the UK, in 1962, he was promoted to captain and the following year to major. During his time in the military, Idi Amin gained popularity through his athletic prowess. Standing at 6 feet and 4 inches, with a powerful build, he was a champion swimmer and Uganda’s light heavyweight

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