Category Archives: Iddil Amin and Buganda

Contraversial Iddi Amin’s parentage that links him to the royal family in Buganda

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Nyabire’s wife was Assa Aatte, the lady who was the obstetric herbalist for the Buganda Royal family in the days of Kabaka Chwa. Recall that she is claimed to have enabled Lady Irene Druscilla Namaganda to conceive, after many years of trying and failing. Assa Aatte was very close to the Chwa’s and this caused serious problems in the Nyabire family as you know. Iddi Amin was born during the time of that closeness (1922) and as you know, claims emerged that Kabaka Chwa was actually the father of Idi Amin, causing Amin’s parents to separate in 1931 when Amin was just 9. Nyabire threw Assa out of the Kololo Police Barracks, prompting her to shift to Lubiri palaca with the young Amin. When this started causing anxiety within royal circles, Kabaka Chwa decided to build a house for Assa Aatte at Kitubulu….llll

Amin’s parents only reunited grudgingly in 1964 when Amin had become successful, but even then, Mzee Nyabire remained convinced to his death in 1976 that Idi Amin belonged not to him, but to Buganda Royalty.

Idi Amin with Mariam in 1961

Idi Amin with Mariam in 1961

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‘Extreme left: Amin, Moi centre, Kenyatta, Onul Ir. Njoroge Mungai in Nairobi in 1972’

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‘Joy Joy at Nile Mansions’
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2.’Extreme left: Amin, Moi centre, Kenyatta, Onul Ir. Njoroge Mungai in Nairobi in 1972′.Idi Amin is 3rd frm left, then Moi and Kenyatta. 2nd from left is Njoroge Mungai.Njoroge Mungai.. I believe he was Defence Minister then in Kenyatta’s Govt.
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H.E. President Lt. Gen. M. Micombero,Idi Amin and H.E. Maj. Gen. Habyalimana

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‘H.E. President Lt. Gen. M. Micombero addresses the Public in Nakivubo Stadium on the 3rd Anniversary of the Second Republic. On his left is H.E. President Gen. Idi Amin of Uganda and on his right is H.E. Maj. Gen. Habyalimana president of Ruanda’. Habyarimana’s death still remains a mystery..

'H.E. President Lt. Gen. M. Micombero addresses the Public in Nakivubo Stadium on the 3rd Anniversary of the Second Republic. On his left is H.E. President Gen. Idi Amin of Uganda and on his right is H.E. Maj. Gen. Habyalimana president of Ruanda'. Habyarimana's death still remains a mystery..

‘H.E. President Lt. Gen. M. Micombero addresses the Public in Nakivubo Stadium on the 3rd Anniversary of the Second Republic. On his left is H.E. President Gen. Idi Amin of Uganda and on his right is H.E. Maj. Gen. Habyalimana president of Ruanda’. Habyarimana’s death still remains a mystery..

2.’S.E. Le Lieutenant Général Michel Micombero. Premier Président de la République du Burundi. Libérateur du Peuple Murundi’ [H.E. Lt. General Michel Mocombero. First president of the Republic of Burundi. Liberator of the Murundi people]

'S.E. Le Lieutenant Général Michel Micombero. Premier Président de la République du Burundi. Libérateur du Peuple Murundi' [H.E. Lt. General Michel Mocombero. First president of the Republic of Burundi. Liberator of the Murundi people]

‘S.E. Le Lieutenant Général Michel Micombero. Premier Président de la République du Burundi. Libérateur du Peuple Murundi’ [H.E. Lt. General Michel Mocombero. First president of the Republic of Burundi. Liberator of the Murundi people]

SOURCE: HISTORY OF UGANDA IN PROGRESS ON FACEBOOK

Obote with late Indira Gandhi:In 1980,UPC got a lot of textiles from indi which it used during the campaigns!

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Obote with late Indira Gandhi.As a matter of fact, Dr. Obote RIP was visiting India, when his strong man Brig. Oyite Ojok, was killed in a Helicopter crash. By then, David Oyite Ojok was a major general not brigadier.His party was also called congress and Indira Gandhi gave him alot of material supprt.In 1980,the party got alot of textiles from indi which it used during the campaigns! am surprised that even Obote before he was overthrown was trying to do some thing about the Asian “problem” and yet he was friends with the Indian congress party!!!!!

The Uganda Asian problems was not an Indian problem.The Asians were brought to Uganda by the British
through the aegis of the IBEA Company as coolies to work on the Railways.When they reached Uganda,these Asians saw themselves as British subjects.Infact most of them had cut off their relations with India.

Now after Independence,the workforce in Uganda was to be representative of the Ugandan population.The British-Asians like all non indigenous Ugandan African were asked to take up Ugandan citizenship.A good number of them did,others opted to remain British-Asians and held on to their British passports. When the nationalization program started,that is when their orderly repatriation to other British commonwealth countries began.This was around 1968. However when Idi Amin came,he decided to have a precipititious exodus and caused a lot of problems for the British government. Infact the majority of those British-Asians from Uganda were resettled in Canada.They still proudly call themselves Ugandans. As regards to Obote and Indira’ party having contacts,it is more based on the ideology of the two parties. So,you can see why UPC and Congress I in India remained friends.

As a matter of fact, Dr. Obote RIP was visiting India, when his strong man Brig. Oyite Ojok, was killed in a Helicopter crash.

As a matter of fact, Dr. Obote RIP was visiting India, when his strong man Brig. Oyite Ojok, was killed in a Helicopter crash.

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Lt Idi Amin receives the sword of honour from the former G.O.C. E.A. Command, Maj Gen. Sir Nigel Tapp at his effendi’s passing out parade. Notice how slim this gentleman was in December 1961.


Lt Idi Amin receives the sword of honour from the former G.O.C. E.A. Command, Maj Gen. Sir Nigel Tapp at his effendi's passing out parade. Notice how slim this gentleman was in December 1961.


Lt Idi Amin receives the sword of honour from the former G.O.C. E.A. Command, Maj Gen. Sir Nigel Tapp at his effendi’s passing out parade. Notice how slim this gentleman was in December 1961.

3.Idi Amin’s Save Britain Fund

Idi Amin's Save Britain Fund

Idi Amin’s Save Britain Fund

LR: Brig Gen Ali Fadhul,Brig Gen Moses Ali and Brig Gen Barnabas Kili 1970s

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Idi Amin Dada arrives in Kilembe Uganda 1973

Idi Amin Dada arrives in Kilembe Uganda 1973

Idi Amin Dada arrives in Kilembe Uganda 1973

BELL HUEY 1973 Kilembe Kasese Uganda

BELL HUEY 1973 Kilembe Kasese Uganda

BELL HUEY 1973 Kilembe Kasese Uganda

LR: Brig Gen Ali Fadhul,Brig Gen Moses Ali and Brig Gen Barnabas Kili 1970s

LR: Brig Gen Ali Fadhul,Brig Gen Moses Ali and Brig Gen Barnabas Kili 1970s

LR: Brig Gen Ali Fadhul,Brig Gen Moses Ali and Brig Gen Barnabas Kili 1970s

Idi Amin Dada escorted the Gun Carriage currying the Late Kabaka Mutesa II on foot from Bamunanika all the way to Kasubi Tombs 1971 where he Lay the First President of Uganda with Full Honours.And yes, nobody was killed as we saw recently after the kasubi tombs fire

Idi Amin Dada escorted the Gun Carriage currying the Late Kabaka Mutesa II on foot from Bamunanika all the way to Kasubi Tombs 1971 where he Lay the First President of Uganda with Full Honours.And yes, nobody was killed as we saw recently after the kasubi tombs fire

Idi Amin Dada escorted the Gun Carriage currying the Late Kabaka Mutesa II on foot from Bamunanika all the way to Kasubi Tombs 1971 where he Lay the First President of Uganda with Full Honours.And yes, nobody was killed as we saw recently after the kasubi tombs fire

Idi Amin Dada arrives at Kololo airstrip to release political Prisoners 1971

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1974 Documentary

1974 Documentary

1971 Burial Ceremony of Kabaka Mutesa 11

1971 Burial Ceremony of Kabaka Mutesa 11

1971 Burial Ceremony of Kabaka Mutesa 11

Idi Amin Dada arrives at Kololo airstrip to release political Prisoners 1971

Idi Amin Dada arrives at Kololo airstrip to release political Prisoners 1971

Idi Amin Dada arrives at Kololo airstrip to release political Prisoners 1971

Idi Amin Dada visits Khartoum

Idi Amin Dada visits Khartoum

Idi Amin Dada visits Khartoum

CORE : Black Power Activist’s visit to Kampala Uganda 1975

CORE : Black Power Activist's visit to Kampala Uganda 1975

CORE : Black Power Activist’s visit to Kampala Uganda 1975

Amin never killed or refrigerated any of the dead bodies of his wives. That was a lie?

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Nnalongo Zaitun Tiko Dimba (Leiko) Kakwa

Nnalongo Zaitun Tiko Dimba (Leiko) Kakwa

Mama Nakooli Bulima (Baisemuwaya) Balamoji

Mama Nakooli Bulima (Baisemuwaya) Balamoji

Mama Nakooli Bulima (Baisemuwaya) Balamoji

Mama Sarah Mutesi Kibedi (Baisemenha)

Mama Sarah Mutesi Kibedi (Baisemenha)

Mama Sarah Mutesi Kibedi (Baisemenha)

Amin may not have refrigerated all the bodies, but it is a well known fact that at his orders, he had the body of Kay Amin dismembered. And that was not the only execution order from the tyrant. The warning was given to Amin’s children after showing them the dismemberd body of their mother. He added ” Bad mothers end up like this…!”

Joseph Kamugisha

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He however displayed Kay Amin’s body cut into pieces on UTV -and he was laughing while doing this – while at the same time warning Ugandans that anybody who played with him would end up the same way. This one os NOT a lie as I personally watched this on tv.

eun Nyaronyango
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Yes Idi Amin did freeze bodies

A Tanzanian friend of mine (Diplomat) was in the room when Idi Amin showed them the French ambassadors head or some thing like that. He actually showed them 3 heads or so.

At Nile mansions.I don’t remember the full story. My Tanzanian friend told me. i.e. Idi Amin called them (Diplomats) and brought out the heads for them to see. he also warned them not to mess with him otherwise they will end up like……….

My is a retired senior Army officer from TPDF. he is now in Japan i.e. has a PHD in Engineering.
JIM MUWANGA

Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France jet and forced it to fly to Entebbe, Uganda

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PALPalestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France jet and forced it to fly to Entebbe, Uganda – the first hints of an accommodation between the Amin regime and the Arab rebels. This put both Prime Minister Amin in a difficult position; Amin did not want outsiders in Uganda, fearing that they would cause trouble for his regime; but if he did not permit the Imperial Military to deal with this new problem, he would confirm the allegations, and bring down on his head the very trouble that he hoped to avoid.

He took the only way out that he could see, deliberately misunderstanding the instructions he received. He was supposed to prepare accommodations and briefings for specialist Israeli anti-terrorist troops who were to be on-hand to storm the aircraft if the terrorists made unreasonable demands; instead, he “misheard” this to say that he was to use the Imperial Troops stationed in Uganda (and nominally under his command) to storm the aircraft because the terrorist’s demands were unreasonable.

In theory, most of the hostages would have been rescued had the task been left to the Israeli experts; instead, the B-grade Ugandan military botched the operation appallingly, and all but 3 hostages were killed outright. Prime Minister Amin was suitably apologetic afterwards, blaming the poor state of communications equipment throughout Africa and requesting £735 million to upgrade telecommunications throughout the continent in a programme to be administered by Uganda on behalf of the Empire.

The old terminal building of the Entebbe International Airport as seen from the air.The Israelis had wanted to buy it and turn it into a place of Pilgrimage in memory of "operation Thunderbolt" in which Israeli commandos rescued hostages from there during Amin's regime.Uganda government was reluctant for obvious reasons!!!!The commander of that operation was killed by amin´s soldiers.He was the brother of the current Israeli prime minister.

The old terminal building of the Entebbe International Airport as seen from the air.The Israelis had wanted to buy it and turn it into a place of Pilgrimage in memory of “operation Thunderbolt” in which Israeli commandos rescued hostages from there during Amin’s regime.Uganda government was reluctant for obvious reasons!!!!The commander of that operation was killed by amin´s soldiers.He was the brother of the current Israeli prime minister.

The audacity of this request in a fiscally-restrained climate was breathtaking, and initially it served its purpose of distracting the Imperial Bureaucracy from any investigation of the Entebbe massacre; the proposal won considerable support in a number of quarters, especially France and Germany, whose industries would almost certainly be subcontracted for the job. It fell to “The Whisperer” to raise the red flags and begin the downfall of Amin.

A C-130 Hercules in front of old terminal of Entebbe Airport, after arriving with food and supplies for the Rwandan refugee camps in 1994. Bullet hole damage from the 1976 raid is still visible.

A C-130 Hercules in front of old terminal of Entebbe Airport, after arriving with food and supplies for the Rwandan refugee camps in 1994. Bullet hole damage from the 1976 raid is still visible.

However, some people say that the above is a distorted version.Some thing that still baffles me – There was some sort of conspiracy to allow Idi Amin to live in Saudi Arabia in Exile in relative luxury.
1 Initially he escaped to Libya.
2 Gadaffi got tired of him and sent him to Saudi Arabia.
3 Saudi Arabia with connivance of Western powers allowed him to Live there on condition he makes no public pronouncements
4 Court of Human rights in Hague – in connivance with western powers never brought any human rights abuses charges against Idi Amin though he was responsible for killing 1/2 Million Ugandans.
5. Why did Saudi’s give him exile – It cannot be just because he was a Muslim. The Saudis provide him a safe harbor for more than 20 years and with a monthly stipend of about US$1,400, domestic servants, cooks, drivers, and cars.

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‘King Freddie and Queen Damali’

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ll‘King Freddie and Queen Damali’

2.’This is a photograph of Idi Amin and his entourage soon after he had overthrown the Government and dissolved Parliament,

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‘The Pope gives a gold medal and chain to one of the catechumens he baptised. The young man is wearing the traditional costume of an Acholi chief’

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Amin’s first Cabinet of Feb 1971 had few Muslims but he later corrected this

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Muslims continue to be marginalised in Museveni’s cabinet as has been the case for the last 10 years. Most of the big cabinet positions, apart from probably finance where Saida Bumba has been for a while, the rest have been occupied by people of other faith. I don’t know the merit the president bases on to chose his ministers which most Muslims cannot fulfil. Obote 2 did not have a single Muslims in his cabinet. It is like Muslims are somehow the forgotten species in the cabinets of Uganda.The powerful positions next to presidency in govt are: VP, PM, speaker, minister of Defence or security, and minister of finance

In USA, for instance, members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission dominate key positions in America’s government, military, industries, media outlets and educational foundations and institutions. CFR was founded in 1921 to make Americans more aware of their international responsibilities. It is a much large network of people with power and they are almost everywhere and help each other into juicy positions in both public and private sectors. So the question is: who helps president Museveni to nominate certain people in juicy positions where Muslims end up always on the peripheral of things. I dont think it’s the NRM caucas as the media has made us believe recently.

Amin’s original cabinet did not have enough Muslims too but he later sorted this out. Having a Muslim in a cabinet is mainly meant to have some sort of role models for the younger generation. It also encourages the young people to involve themselves in politics other than just business.

During Iddil Amin,Uganda was admited as an islamic country at a conference in Lahore, pakistan in 1974 and Amin tried a lot to help Muslims during his reign. He united different factions and he gave us a lot of land around Kampala including Old Kampala where Gadafi mosque stands.

According to the 1958 consensus, i think muslims were not more than 5%. Because we are a minority, we have always needed catholics and protestants at our side to break into elective politics.This means that a muslim president or Vice president can act as a bridge between different religions in Uganda if given a chance to lead, and does not need to turn Uganda into an Islamic state which was somehow the dream of Iddil Amin. Non-Muslims can vote for a Muslim president looking at him as a bridge to unite everybody despite whatever happened under Iddil Amin, and it is our job as Muslims to make them think that way.

Muslims in general do not discriminate people based on religions despite some religious domains that encourage us to look at non-Muslims as our ”enemies”. In Senegal, there was a catholic president called Leopold Senghol but the majority of the population that voted for him were Muslims.In Tanzania, Julius Nyerere was a catholic but muslims loved him in big numbers. Museveni1(1986-1998) was also loved and supported by majority of Muslims before he came to power though he is forgotten about us. The closure of Greenland Bank was not a good gesture at all. It was a stab in the back side.

Unlike Muslims, protestants have produced national and traditional leaders that have helped them to unite them. For instance, Most of the Kabakas have been protestants including the current one. Obote was a protestant and presided over cabinets dominated by protestants in Obote  and Obote 2. Catholics have also continued to be atleast well representated because they are the majority in Uganda.Muslims were also united when Amin was in power but it was short lived because since then we have not been having strong national characters to unite us. We have been divided under Museveni than any other time in history and he has not done much to sort it out, apart from taking sides which is not a good sign of a good leader.

That’s why, atleast, it would have benefited us if we had a strong Muslim Vice president or prime minister but Museveni has always given the strong posts in his cabinet to people of other faith. The strong posts in the govt are: VP, PM, Minister of defence, chief Justice, Speaker, Minister of security, Minister of finance( Bumba had this one but she is out now to Gender ministry).

Basically, TWAVILIDEMU AWO some NRM supporters are gonna tell you otherwise.Below is the list of those who were in Amin’s 1ST CABINET for those who wanna see their faces. Wassalamu

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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US Ambassador visit to Kabaka is not unusual but it may cause problems

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kabaka greets the ambassodor at banda

In 1972 the then US Ambassador, his wife, along with Joseph Mubiru ex Bank of Uganda Governor, and Fr Kigundu Editor of Munno newspaper paid a visit to Cardinal Nsubuga. President Iddi Amin was not amused.The visits became regular and Amin dispatched his Chief of Protocol to Cardinal Nsubuga and Mubiru to warn them about hosting the Ambassador and his family frequently in Rubaga.The visits were purely  simple social ones as it turned out. Joseph Mubiru wanted Cardinal Nsubuga to meet his friend the new, US Ambassador (a catholic) to Uganda.  Both were students in New York University.
The visits was too much for Amin, as Mariam Press the publisher of the catholic newspaper Munno of which Fr Kigundu was the Editor continued to be the only widely respected and quoted newspaper at the time with news about Uganda.  What happened to Mubiru and Fr Kigundu is now history.

kabaka escorting the ambassodor

However heads of states and other foreign dignitaries have been paying visits to the seat of Buganda Kingdom for years.  Ali Khan and later his son the Aga Khan paid annual visits to Muteesa.  (His son cannot visit Mutebi today because of his extensive investments in Uganda).  Emperor Haile Selasie of Ethiopia visited the Kabaka of Buganda and many such visits took place.  The Banda visit is a continuation.
Paul Lam
UAH forumist