Idi Amin came to power in 1971 after overthrowing the government of Milton Obote, the president who had presided over Uganda’s independence from British colonial rule.
- He is famous for his big ego and gave himself titles and became:
‘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’.
- Kyemba, Amin’s minister of health said “On several occasions when I was minister of health, Amin insisted on being left alone with his victims’ bodies. There is of course no evidence of what he does in private, but it is universally believed in Uganda that he engages in blood rituals” Kyemba also said that on several occasions he heard Amin boast about eating human flesh.
Source: ‘The State of Africa’ by Martin Meredith