Idi Amin


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to Idi Amin: Robert Mugabe

Amin, Idi

(ē`dē amēn`), c.1925–2003, Ugandan army officer and dictator. From the small Kakwa ethnic group, he advanced in the Ugandan armed forces from private (1946) to major general (1968). In 1971 he seized control of the government, toppling the regime of Milton OboteObote, Apollo Milton
, 1924–2005, president of Uganda (1966–71, 1980–85). Obote, a member of the legislative council of Uganda from 1957, founded (1960) the Uganda People's Congress.
..... Click the link for more information.
. In power, Amin exhibited an unpredictable personality, often capricious and cruel yet displaying a modicum of shrewdness and cunning. His relatively brief regime was nonetheless vicious and corrupt; he brutally suppressed other ethnic groups and political enemies, killed what is believed to be nearly 300,000 (most innocent of any wrongdoing), tortured uncounted thousands more, and looted the nation's treasury. In 1972 he ordered the expulsion of Ugandans of Asian extraction, thrusting the nation into economic chaos. Tanzanian troops joined exiled Ugandan nationalists to invade Uganda in 1978, and Amin was driven into exile in Saudi Arabia the following year.

Bibliography

See J. T. Strate, Post-Military Coup Strategy in Uganda: Amin's Early Attempts to Consolidate Political Support in Africa (1973), H. Kyemba, A State of Blood (1977), D. Barnett and R. Wooding, Uganda Holocaust (1980), and P. A. Allen, Interesting Times: Life in Uganda under Idi Amin (2000); B. Schroeder, dir., General Idi Amin Dada (documentary film, 1976; video, 2002).

References in periodicals archive ?
He was murdered by Idi Amin in 1977 soon after returning from Lagos, Nigeria, where he led his team to the second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture.
class="MsoNormalYet there are hundreds of untold stories about Idi Amin fading with the memory of Kenyans who were adults in the 1970s.
Idi Amin's fearsome regime is popularly known yet academically under-studied.
Idi Amin slaughtered 300,000, earning him the nickname 'Butcher of Uganda.'
The photo perfectly captures the claustrophobic intimacy of life under militarism and the ways in which gender ideology, gendered symbolisms, and gender violence were central to the workings of state power in Idi Amin's Uganda.
Her text is organized in rough chronological order, beginning with the making of Idi Amin, before delving into gender as it related to the service of the Ugandan state, womenAEs roles on the front lines of the economic war, women and the politics of empowerment, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
1972: Idi Amin (centre) gave Uganda's 8,000 Asians 48 hours to leave the country.
1972: Idi Amin, pictured, gave Uganda's 8,000 Asians 48 hours to leave the country.
Of which country was Idi Amin the president from 1971 to 1979?
It featured in the 2006 film which saw Forest Whitaker win an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
3THE 3 THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2006) AN Oscar win for Forest Whitaker as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. James McAvoy plays his doctor and the story is told through his eyes.
Melbourne, December 29 ( ANI ): Queen Elizabeth had reportedly planned to whack Idi Amin over the head with a ceremonial pearl sword if he "gatecrashed" a Silver Jubilee church service in 1977.