Uganda’s former prime minister to build museum for Idi Amin, if he becomes president

Uganda’s former prime minister to build museum for Idi Amin, if he becomes president

- A candidate in Ugandan's election says he would build a museum for Idi  Amin if he becomes President

- Amama Mbabazi says his idea is to bring unity to the country

-  Mr. mbabazi  was a former prime minister of Uganda

Uganda’s former prime minister to build museum for Idi Amin, if he becomes president

Idi Amin never stood trial for the abuses committed during his rule

Yoweri Museveni’s contender in Uganda’s upcoming elections, has made a promise to build a museum in honour of ex-military dictator, Idi Amin.

Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister, added that when he becomes president, he will also repatriate the remains of the former dictator. He is quoted as saying that the move would help reconcile Ugandans divided over the legacy of Amin and other leaders.

Mr Mbabazi, who is  running against President Yoweri Museveni in next week's polls made his promise to repatriate Amin's remains on a visit to the former dictator's ancestral home in north-west Uganda.His spokeswoman said his party was campaigning for reconciliation and for the "forgiveness for any real or perceived wrongs in the past".

She told the AFP news agency that "The issue of Idi Amin is one of them,".

Mr Mbabazi meanwhile told the state-owned New Vision newspaper that he wanted to end "the labelling of Ugandans" as Amin's people, Obote's people and Museveni's people.

Amin's rule was notorious for its brutality. He was overthrown in 1979 and died in exile in 2003. An armed forces chief under President Milton Obote, Amin seized power in a coup in 1971. He ordered the expulsion of Uganda's Asian community a year later.

He became infamous for his capricious behaviour and for his punishment of political opponents. Some 400,000 people are estimated to have been killed while he was in power. Amin fled Uganda in 1979, seeking refuge in Libya, Iraq and eventually Saudi Arabia, where he would remain for the rest of his life.

Mr Museveni has been in power for 30 years and is seeking a fifth term as president. Mr Mbabazi is one of seven candidates hoping to unseat him.

 

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