Saturday, August 16, 2003

Uganda/Saudi Arabia: Idi Amin is dead ... and is his son planning a rebellion?

Idi Amin Dada died today. He had been in a coma at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, since July 18.

It seems that Amin has been buried in Saudi Arabia. Recall that his family had originally asked that he be buried in Uganda ... a request which sparked debate in Uganda but which was eventually granted.

Speaking on a BBC radio program, former UK foreign secretary, Lord Owen said that he had once suggested assassinating Idi Amin. He told the program that his suggestion was considered "outrageous" but said he's not ashamed of having made it.

A few papers are carrying a Reuters story that one of Amin's sons, Taban Amin, is plotting a rebellion.
Brigadier Kale Kayihura, a military adviser to President Yoweri Museveni, said Taban Amin was recruiting fighters in an area near the junction of the borders of Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

... Kayihura said Taban Amin, believed to be in his 40s, was trying to set up bases at the villages of Getti, Bado and Nyacucu, just over the border from Idi Amin's home village of Arua.
It's not inconceivable that this could be happening but I would like to see more evidence of these allegations.

Note that the reaction to Amin's death is quite mixed. Some people are actually quite sad. For the range of reactions, read this and this and this.