Monday, 30 December 2013

Amin: Absence of the rule of law


As chariman of Defence Council, Amin signed a number of decrees that overturned the rule of law.  All political institutions, such as parliament, district, or town councils, were suspended after the military coup d'etat in 1971.  All political activities were banned: the president ruled by decree.  Citizens had no political or constitutional rights.  The secutiry forces could arrest people without warrant and detain them for as long as they wished.  But they were immuned from prosecution.  They were allowed to use any force they saw fit in arresting and preventing the escape of anyone suspected of being a kondo.  In practice, the soldiers were given the right to "shoot to kill".  Military Tribunals, formerly intended to handle cases involving military discipline in the army, were given the power to try civilians as well as extra powers to try suspected subversive elements.  Many members of the tribunals had no legal training and were illiterate.  As the economy began to decay, tough decrees were aimed at "economic crimes" such as overcharging, hoarding, smuggling, corruption, fraud, illegal currency sale, diversion of essential goods to "unscheduled destinations," and so on.  Judges who were supposed to arbitrate in civil conflicts within the legal bounds of the law were intimidated.  Chief Justice and former Democratic Party leader Ben Kiwanuka was murdered by government agents who abducted him from the High Court on 21 September 1972.  Amin had publicly criticized his independent judgment, referring to him as a prominent "Masaka Citizen" with a big job in whom the government had lost confidence.......

The president of the Industrial Courts Raphael Sebugwaawo Amooti, was killed by State Research Bureau officers on 13th March 1978.

Court verdicts were not respected by the security forces.  Any lawyer who successfully defended a client in whom security men were interested was in trouble.  Not onliy was the verdict ignored by the security forces but the lawyer could also be arrested.  Enos Sebunnya is a case in point.  In 1973 he successfully defended a businessman, Samson Ddungu, who was acquitted against the wishes of a security man who had an interest in Ddungu's business.  Ddungu was shot dead and Enos Sebunnya was arrested and trotured.  he later left the country and went to live in Canada.

"Disappearances" were the most visible manifestation of the absence of rule of law.  People were arrested or abducted and killed outside established legal structures.  The Government became the major law breaker in the country and bad elements in society followed.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Mr Benayo Olak

Son of the soil from Padibe, Mr Benayo Olak standing right, wearing the grey suit his brother (John Odoki Obol 11) who is currently rwot of padibe is standing next to him. The ladies are their respective spouses.

Abducted by Amin's Soldiers on 27th January 1971, he hasn't been seen or heard from. His body hasn't been found.

Mr Benayo Olak(RIP) was the son of Mrs Mary Lamunu aka "Langole" and Rwot Obol Lacito of Padibe Kal, Lamwo county, Kitgum District. He worked as a branch manager of Barclays Bank in Jinja but later joined the Uganda Army as a "Pay Master". He was resident in Gadafi Garrison barracks in Jinja. He was abducted by Amin's soldiers when he was on the way home on 27th January 1971. This was the last time his family heard from him. Although under detention he was able to telephone to say that they had been rounded up and were being detained by Amin's soldiers. His body has never been found.

Benayo olak was the elder brother to Mr Dent Ochan Ojara (RIP)who worked as an operations manager at Hima cement factory.Benayo Olak is survived by his wife Mrs Gertrude Adoch Olak and sons Mr Charles Otto-Olak, Mr John Odoki-Olak Mr Peter Olak and several Grand Children.
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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Kay Adroa Amin

Kay Adroa Amin; Divorced wife and blood relative to Amin:

She was ex-president Idi Amin's wife and pride. Then her body was found, dismembered.
Who did it?

Kay (Left)


Amin's other wives:  Via link below

Monday, 20 May 2013

Odur Odula

Killed by Amin's men

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Amin: Disregard for Human Rights


Human rights as articulated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were completely disregarded and violated in Uganda during Amin's tenure.....   The right to freedom of opinion and association was violated. Political parties, student organizations, trade unions, and all popular associations were prohibited.  Although the major religious sects (Roman Catholicism, Islam and Protestantism) were allowed to operate, minor religiuous sects were banned.  The right to freedom of movement was violated.  All Ugandans travelling out of the country required permits, even though many were in possession of passports.  Government agents could search private houses without warrant.  As a rule, they helped themselves to private property in the houses they searched.

Like all dictators, Amin was scared of writers.  Byron Kawadwa, who wrote a play that Amin thought ridiculed the person of the president, was killed without trial, as was Father Clement Kiggundu, editor of Munno, the oldest newpaper in Uganda, Kiggundu had publicized the anguish of women whose husbands had been killed.  There was no freedom of the press.  The government controlled the dissemination of information, and all newspapers were required to toe the government line.  Foreign newspatpers were banned.  In 1975 a prominent lawyer, Elizofani Mawagi, was detained and killed for writing a letter published in a newspaper requesting that Ugandans be permitted to read foreign newspapers.  Letters were opened in the postal system and read by members of the State Research Bureau, thus limiting detailed written communication.


The picture below was shot by Reimar Oltmanns.
German journalist and author. He was 1970-1972 Spokesman of the Lower Saxony Minister of Education Peter von Oertzen.


Public perceptions that the government was either a party to various acts of violence or had knowledge of them were reinforced by official indifference in cases involving violence meted out to civilians by the security forces.  Amin told his soldiers that the gun was their bread winner, their mother, their father, their great protector.  Many who heard his speech thought he was giving licence to the security forces to get whatever they   wanted from civilians by violence.

An inquiry in July 1971 by Justice Jeffrey Jones into the murder of two Americans.  nicholas Stroh and Robert Siedle in Mbarara Barracks implicated three army officers, Captain Taban, Captain Juma Sabuni and Major Sabuni Ali, but the officers were not punished.  Indeed, the latter two were subsequently promoted to ministerial posts.  The Ugandan government did not publicly accept the responsibility but paid compensation to the relatives of the dead.  An inquiry into the fatal shooting on 6 march 1976 of a Makerere University student, Paul Serwanga, by a member of the Public Safety Unit was interfered with.  The Chariman of the inquiry, Professor Brian Langlands, was expelled from the country although he had worked in Uganda for over twenty years.  A new compliant chairman was selected and reported on 12 November 1976 that if university rules had been followed, no shooting would have taken place.  The gunman who killed Paul Lwanga was not punished.  When on 16th February 1977 Archbishop Janani Luwum and two cabinet ministers were reportedly killed in a car accident, contradictions in the official reports exposed government complicity in the deaths and the public believed that the three had been murdered by government agents.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Mr James Apinyi

Uganda Police Officer

Mr James Labalpinyi Apinyi (1936-1971) RIP

Born in 1936 at Laguti Lacek-Ocot to Manaci Lacona Dire (Son of Rwot Awic)of Payira Kal and Maria Ladwong. Apinyi attended various schools including St Alosius Virika, Fort Portal where he obtained his Cambridge School Certificate. He was one of few young ugandans who were selected to join the Uganda Police force as Assistant inspector-trainee. He qualified in 1959 with distinction. His diligence aptitude and good conduct soon earned him a scholarship to do a crash Officers course at Catterick in England. He was then promoted to an Assistant Supreintendant of Police (ASP). He was again promoted to Senior Assistant Superitendant of Police (SASP) in 1969 and transferred to the Special Forces.

Apinyi was abducted by Amin's Soldiers in the early months of 1971, dragged away and has never been seen again. His remains have not been found up to today. Apinyi was a prompt Officer, pleasant to work with and was liked by his superiors and subordinates alike. He was a gentle and understanding person. His Family, relatives and friends have missed him since that sad morning.

Below: 2nd from Left or right: On his wedding day in 1966: Apinyi was killed by Amin in 1971.

To this very day, the where abouts of Mr Apinyi's remains are unknown.
The bodies of most of Amin's victims were clandestinely disposed of or mutilated beyond recognition, never to be recovered by their families. The vast majority of the victims are unidentifiable for this reason.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Lt. Ben Ogwang

, former intelligence officer at Malire Regiment

Ben Ogwang reads a confession / "plot" he was killed shortly afterwards.

Basil Bataringaya

Obote's Minister of Internal Affairs

Basil Bataringaya was dismembered alive outside the town of Mbarara and his severed head displayed on the end of a pole. His wife too was killed soon after, allegely by Juma Bahir, the Governor of Western Province.

Source: Uganda Since Independence. A Story of Unfulfilled Hopes.
Africa World Press, Inc.
P.O.Box 1892
Trenton, N.J.08607
@ Phares Mutibwa, 1992

First American edition 1992
Originated by C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers)Ltd. London England
ISBN: 0-86543-357 PB

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Major Ojul Ogol

Murdered by Amin in 1979

Mr Marino Paito

Murdered by Amin in August 1971. He was based in Jinja.

Mr Apollo Lawoko

Survived cruelty dehumanisation and torture. We thank God he survived to tell the tale in his book. THE DUNGEONS OF NAKASERO

The dungeons of NakaseroWodOkello LawokoCirkapris: 250:-Utgivningsår: 2005Språk: engelskaAntal sidor: 336Utförande: limbundenISBN: 91-7910-691Beställningsadress: WodOkello LawokoStångholmsbacken 56, 4tr127 40 SkärholmenTelefon: 08-710 38 65

The real Amin:

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Eng P.M.O Onen

Was arrested by Amin's henchmen, ArchBishop Luwum's intervention saved his life.
He survived by going into exile. His account of what took place is in his book "The diary of an obedient servant during misrule"
JANyeko Publishing Centre Ltd
ISBN 9970-510-02-0

Friday, 15 March 2013

Mr Sirayo Yona Nyeko

New book reveals impact of Amin’s bloody rule

By George Murumba
15th Aug 2011:

The new book
The daughter of one of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s many victims has written a book called ‘The Silent Sunset’ which talks about her late father Mr. Sirayo Yona Nyeko, a prominent Acholi from Kitgum who was one of the people killed in 1977 during Idi Amin’s reign of terror.
In an email to Uganda Correspondent, the author, Ms Jennifer Nyeko-Jones, who is a practising Lawyer in the United Kingdom says, “…the book is a biography of my father Sirayo Yona Nyeko, one of Amin’s victims, who we lost in 1977”.
She then sets out the things that inspired her to write ‘The Silent Sunset’. “…I have felt the need to preserve his [her father’s] memory, and by so doing, write his story”, author says. The other reason, she says, is that “…very little has been written about Amin’s victims, their lives, and the lives of their families who still endure the pain that Amin’s brutality inflicted on them”.
Finally, Jennifer says, she “…wanted to change the mindset that people have, that whenever they talk about Amin’s victims, only the manner of their deaths are discussed, but not what they stood for, or their contributions to their country Uganda”

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Keneri Odoch

, Treasurer of Gulu ALG Gulu

Killed by Amin 1972

He was arrested at a meeting in Kitgum.  He was thrown in Karumba bridge.  Killed together with Okot Tobias

Father of Pastor Dick and Richard Odoch who has forgiven Amin. Richard's other brother is Col.W Ochora.

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Photo: Mr. Dan Woodings at Karuma Bridge in 1979, one of the many places where bodies of murdered victims were disposed.

Dan Wooding and Ray Barnett at Karuma Falls, Uganda,

Friday, 1 March 2013

John Tidhamulala

Secretary, National Insurance Corporation.

in early 1973, members of the Public Safety Unit burst into the corporations building in Kampala, arrested the Cariman Mr Wekiro and te Secretary Mr Tidhamulala. They hit them repeatedly in front of their staff, forced them into waiting cars. They drove to the HQters of PSU naguru. By the time they arrived the secretary was dead. Wekiro the chairman survived.

Dr George Ebine

Mulago Hospital


Major Emmanuel Ogwal fled to Dr Ebine's house in Nakasero. He was pursued and from a vantage point on the roof, he wiped out six soldiers in a Land Rover plus the reinforcement that followed. A roop carrier despatched from Malire afterwards overturned at clock tower, Entebbe road roundabout killing eleven men. By the time the house was blown up, 25 rebels had died, Ogwal had ran out of bullets and was killed. Dr Ebine who had no idea that Ogwal had taken refuge in his house, wask killed in an operating theatre at Mulago Hospital. A patient he was operating on was left to die.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Eliphaz Laki

Eliphaz Laki, Former County Chief of Ibanda, Mbarara

Amin Era Soldier Faces Murder Charge
©New Vision (Kampala)
July 7, 2001

Another soldier of the defunct Uganda Army Sgt. Mohamed Anyure, was on Thursday charged with the 1972 murder of Eliphaz Laki, the former county chief of Ibanda, Mbarara, reports Hillary Kiirya.
Anyure is the third soldier to be charged with the murder. The others were Amin's former army chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Yusuf Gowon, and his bodyguard, Nursur Gille.
Anyure, who was arrested last week, was remanded in Luzira on Thursday. Gowon, however, was granted bail on 18 June due to illness, including high blood pressure. He is to re-appear in court on July 12 for mention. Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Joyce Namubiru told the accused to apply to the High Court for bail.
The prosecutor, Miriam Akite, said Anyure, Gowon and Gille, murdered Laki at his county office in Ibanda. in Mabarara district. The hearing was adjourned to July 12 when he also re-appears in court.
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The Teeth May Smile But The Heart Does Not Forget

Murder and memory in Uganda.

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The Teeth May Smile But The Heart Does Not Forget
The accused (from left): Mohammed Anyule, Nasur Gille, and Yusuf Gowon. Photo by Andrew Rice.
Uganda is considered one of the great success stories of Africa. But today’s relative calm and prosperity belies the country’s dark past under the regime of military dictator Idi Amin Dada. Among the tens of thousands of atrocities committed during Amin’s brutal reign was the politically motivated execution of local chief Eliphaz Laki, who was “taken” on September 22, 1972, when his son Duncan was just nine years old.
For close to three decades, Duncan wondered about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his dad’s disappearance. Over the years, he made several halting attempts to identify his father’s killers, but his efforts went for naught until he discovered that Eliphaz’s Volkswagen Beetle had been registered in another man’s name in November 1972. Beginning with that key bit of information, Duncan tracked down those allegedly responsible for his father’s murder—former Amin chief of staff Yusuf Gowon, triggerman Nasur Gille and informer Mohammed Anyule—and had them arrested for their crimes.
Duncan’s attempt to bring Gowon and his co-defendants to justice roiled parts of Uganda, a country that has taken a “forgive and forget” approach to its bloody past. At the same time, his determined action seemed to assuage fellow victims of Amin-era violence, who had long been denied the opportunity to seek reconciliation or witness a day of reckoning.

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Asians Expelled By Amin

Dr Arnold Spero Bisase’s book Guardian Angel Volume One: The Beginning to find out what actually made former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to expel Asian British passport holders from Uganda.
The story, if true, goes like this, and I knew the   narrator and his family well as they were my friends and patients at my Practice in Kampala. He told me that Idi Amin was once invited to an Asian function in 1972. He and many dignitaries, some local and some international, attended this rather lavish occasion; our Asian friends can really lay it on when they have someone eminent to impress, like The President of Uganda. The many well to do businessmen from their community paid their respects, and as per custom their families followed in their wake. Towards the end of the procession came the family of a very prosperous businessman Mr Sherali Bandari Jaffer, the owner of The Fairway Hotel by the Kitante Road, Kampala. He was now the one narrating this story to me. Among the ladies following him was his beautiful youngest daughter. One look at her and Idi Amin instantly fancied her; his gaze fixed on her until she sat down amongst the ladies enclosure. At the conclusion of the event, Idi Amin sent his bodyguard to tell Mr Jaffer that the President wanted his daughter and was therefore proposing for her hand in marriage. At that stage Amin had already four wives, so it would have necessitated getting rid of (sack) one of them in accordance with Muslim tradition.
There was pandemonium.  Sherali Bandari Jaffer was scared witless. He and the entire family scurried away to get home. But by the next morning Idi Amin had tracked down the home of Mr Jaffer and sent him his driver carrying the official confirmation of the “request”. Mr Jaffer told the President’s driver that he had to consult other members of his family before giving his response but promised to do so soon. According to my friend Jaffer, this was the longest day of his life. That night, under the cover of darkness, he arranged with one of their relative to smuggle the entire family out of the country, bribing all their way to Nairobi. Mr Jaffer, rather like the rest of us, thought that this “request” would remain harmless and dissipate itself out. Besides, he still had his investments in the country. So he stayed behind to take care of their businesses. The family had already confirmed their safe arrival on the ‘phone’. Like a beast on heat, Idi Amin could not wait to get his chance and sent for the answer. Mr Jaffer gave the excuse of this being a family and community decision not to accept and that the girls were already away (in Nairobi of course).
Amin was so incensed by this snub that he vowed to punish, and he quoted “these people who showed flagrant discrimination against him (me)” The next day All Non-Citizen Asians were given 90 days to get out of Uganda. But the reason Idi Amin gave now was that: ‘Because God spoke to him (me)in the night  and told him (me) that they had to leave as they were responsible for exploiting the indigenous citizens of the country’!! Take that! And it is exactly as I got it from Mr Jaffer. And so began the Exodus of unimaginable proportions and suffering for the victims of this man’s obsession for the skirt.
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One Response to Revealed: Why Idi Amin expelled Asians from Uganda

  1. Pradyuman Joshi says:
    This report by Bisase is totally wrong. If what Jaffer claims to be the truth, Amin on finding out that Jaffer had sent away his girl & family against & without his knowledge and finding Jaffer at his place, Amin would have been so greatly enraged and would have blown Jaffer to pieces. Amin was an authoritarian, dictator and wasn’t used to being disobeyed. No one in those days was safe to oppose him and be alive. Bisases’ report is fabricated and holds no truth to it.
    On Aug, 5, 1972, Amin was in Soroti & stayed over night there. That’s when he ‘d a dream whereby Allah told him to get rid of British Asians. On Sat. eve, Amin made the announcement about his dream.
    On Mon. Aug. 8, ’72, he signed a decree in parliament where he informed his cabinet about his dream/decision. Br. Asians were given 3 months/till Nov. 9, ’72, to leave Uganda. Evidently, Amin was pissed off at Britain who did not give him any aid to Uganda earlier. He wanted to get even with Britain. Also, Asians had the economy of the country in their hands. That also was a contributory factor for his decision.
    I strongly advise to check out the facts in the Uganda Argus daily newspaper of Uganda then. They would have complete report about this event.
    I’m sure there must be other contributory factors involved in Amins’ decision to get rid of Br. Asians, but not what Jaffers claims to be the reason.

Amins's Wives


Mrs Sarah
Kyolaba Amin:
Amin respected God

Kenya: Mzee Jomo Kenyatta Post Mau-Mau
Days With Idi Amin 'Dada' And Wives

Mrs. Madina Amin
Amin's daughters

Big Daddy Idi Amin Dada and his women

By Richard M. Kavuma

"The story of Amin and his women is one that turns bizarre,
comic and brutal."

Madina, Amin's fourth wife was a dancer when he met her.

That is how Henry Kyemba begins a chapter in his book, The
State of Blood. In the book, which he wrote from exile in
London in 1977, Kyemba talks of the field Marshal's five
wives and the thirty mistresses and the thirty-four children
he had with them.

But like anything else involving Uganda's self-declared life
president, the story of Amin's women is not without
controversy and horror.
One of his wives died in the most mysterious circumstances,
with some fingers still pointing at Amin.


Amin's first wife was Malyamu, a sister of former foreign
minister Wanume Kibedi. Kyemba describes Malyamu as
a "statuesque six-footer.... And physically a match for the
powerful young boxing champion."

Malyamu was reportedly self-possessed, proud and mature, even
in her early 20s, when Amin first courted her in the early

Amin at that time a 28 year-old sergeant in the King's
African Rifles, was not an attractive son in law for the
Kibedi family. But like a teenager madly in love, Malyamu
risked her family's disapproval and went ahead to live with

The Kakwa soldier did not formally marry Malyamu until 1966
and by then had "several children" with her.
He reportedly paid bride price to the Kibedi family and the
marriage was thus formalised.

Kay Adroa

A beautiful, intelligent Makerere University student and
daughter of a clergyman, Kay was Amin's second wife. He
started seeing her even before he formalised his relationship
with Malyamu.

According to Kyemba, who attended the reception of Amin's
civil marriage to Adroa in Arua, she was a dignified, quiet
and self-possessed girl.

For her wedding, she turned out in a white bridal gown and
Amin in a full army uniform, with Erinayo Oryema as the best

Kyemba reveals that the romance between Amin and Kay had
blossomed shortly before when, in February 1966, Parliament
implicated Amin over allegations of stealing gold from Congo.
Amin responded to the allegations by going into hiding with


Barely a year later, Amin was acquiring his third wife.

By this time, Amin had risen to national stature and this
marriage was awash with political innuendo.

Obote had become suspicious of his Kakwa hitman's intentions.
Nora was from Obote's tribe, the Langi, and the marriage was
a political statement to the effect that Amin had no hostile
intentions toward Obote.


Madina was a dancer with the Heart of Africa troupe. By her
own admission, it was during a concert when Amin spotted her
dancing and requested to have a word with her. Kyemba
narrates that Amin noticed Madina from the first days of the
coup in January 1971.

Writes Kyemba: "Indeed it would have been impossible not to
notice her. Madina was, quite simply, stunning. Although she
has now put on a few pounds, she had a figure then that was
dramatically sexy by any standards...She was slim-hipped,
with well-formed breasts and was a ferociously agile dancer."

One time, on a trip to Moyo, Amin undressed in the presence
of Kyemba and jumped into his bed. As Kyemba walked out, a
bodyguard ushered Madina into the room.Interestingly,
although Madina was such hot property, Amin enjoyed teasing

his ministers saying that they could take Madina if they
wanted. One minister who tried was later transferred to
another ministry and eventually dismissed.

In September 1972, as Obote made a daring raid from Tanzania,
Amin announced his marriage to Madina. He unwittingly said
the Baganda had offered Madina to him for all he had done for
them since the take over.

Later, Amin served three of his wives - Malyamu, Nora and
Kay - with letters of divorce. He accused Malyamu and Nora of
being involved in business while Kay was dismissed ostensibly
because she was a cousin of his.

However Kyemba reveals that Amin's womanising had not allowed
him enough time with his first three wives. Left to
themselves, the wives had acquired lovers. On the eve of
their dismissal, the women held a joint party for their
lovers and told Amin off - they told him to stay with his

They faced a difficult time outside Amin's household. Malyamu
was arrested in Tororo, had her car was rammed into by Amin's
bodyguards and she was hospitalised. Idi Amin insulted her on
her hospital bed before she fled to London and Amin had the
shop he had given her upon the expulsion of Asians shop
looted bare.

Kay is suspected to have died as her lover Mbalu Mukasa
attempted a surgical abortion. Her body was however
mysteriously dismembered although Amin showed neither
surprise nor contrition at her death. Instead he had her
young children aged between four and eight brought before the
body and shouted at them, telling them how bad their mother
was. Nora, the Langi, simply continued running the business
for which she was divorced and Amin made no attempt to
disgrace her.


Sarah Kyolaba, was a dancer in the jazz band of the Masaka-
based Mechanised Unit when Amin became interested in her. She
was barely 18 and was living with a young man.

Kyemba says that around Christmas Day of 1974, Sarah
delivered a baby at Namirembe (Mengo) Hospital but Amin had
her transferred to Mulago's VIP ward. On the orders of Amin,
Kyemba issued a statement that a baby had been born to the
President. The name of the mother was not mentioned. Amin
then had Sarah returned to her boyfriend's house but she
would be regularly driven to Amin's residence on the field
marshal's orders.

Later, around April 1975,Sarah's boyfriend, who was the
father of the child, refused her to be taken to Amin for
pleasure. He vanished and was never heard of again.

Writes Kyemba: "Sarah was brought to Kampala. She of course
knew perfectly well Amin had killed her lover but there was
nothing she could do about it."

Amin married Sarah during the OAU summit in August 1975 and
held two successive receptions because of what he
called "public demand". But he was later to be perturbed by
Sarah's failure to bear him a child.

Idi Amin Dada

Idi Amin - Expelled
Ugandan Asians Arrive
In The U.K, 1972.

Idi Amin's Victims:
Top Left - St.J.Luwum (RIP)
Top Center - Kay (RIP)

Idi Amin Dada

Friday, 22 February 2013


Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi

On 17 September 1972 a joint invasion of armed exiles was launched from Tanzania into southern Uganda.  It was a fiasco.  Wary of Obote's return, some Baganda peasants living in the area leaked news of the invasion to Amin.  In any case, the exercise had been badly planned, and the incident gave Amin the excuse to eliminate his opponents in the county.  In the Ankole/ Masaka area, Amin rounded up and killed many of those who had UPC sympathies or were presumed to be collaborating with the invaders.  It was in this period that Ben Kiwanuka was Killed.  Mbarara, the area to the southwest that the guerillas had penetrated, witnessed brutal eliminations.  Most of those presumed to have been supporters of Milton Obote were killed, including Basil Bataringaya, a former minister, Tibayungwa, Bekunda, Rwabashoka, Kanyonyore, Kabaterine, Kansinsi, and hundreds more.  

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hassan Simbura

Chief Engineer at Lugazi Sugar Works, killed in 1973 by Amin.

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985
 By A. Kasozi


Murdered in 1972,  he was from Ankole.  Manager of American Life Insurance in Uganda.

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi


Killed by Amin in 1972

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi


Killed by Amin in 1972

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985
 By A. Kasozi


Killed by Amin in 1972

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi


Killed by Amin in 1972

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985
 By A. Kasozi


Killed in 1972 by Amin

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Gaspero Oda

Mr Gaspero Oda (RIP) Murdered.

Mr Oda was murdered together with Mr Martin Okello (First MP West Nile Madi Region). Their bodies were disposed of in River Obongi, they were discovered by the stench of their badly decomposed bodies.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Mr Justice Michael Kagwa

President, Industrial Court.

Kagwa was extremely rich (he had a Mercedes sports car with its own TV)had a girlfriend, Helen Ogwang, in whom Amin was interested. In september 1971, Kagwa was seized by Amin's bodyguards at the Kampala international hotel swimming pool. They shot him and burnt his body, together with his mercedes, on the outskirts of Kampala near namirember Cathedral. No attempt was made to discover who the murderers were. The senior polic officers had already ben arrested for investigating the Okoya murder.


Source Henry Kyemba....

Mr.Charles.D Ogwal-Agea

Mr.Charles.D. Ogwal-Agea former Commissioner for Education,Western Province arrested (together with Mr.Lakayana-Acika-CYO) in Fort Portal /Toro,driven to Kampala State Research HQ-Nakaserro Dungeaon were they wrote their names in their own blood,recorded the date and time of their arrest and eventual transfer to the killer Dungeon were they were butchered according to one Dungeon survivor Mr.Apollo Okello-Lawoko [Former Director of Broadcating];Ministry of Information and Broadcating;himself a personal friend of my late father and one of the most emminent Pioneer of Pioneers in fields of electronic news gathering and broadcasting,i want to pay glowing tribute to him for writing a deeply touching book abt the gruesome murders of prominent Ugandan and other nationals murdered by Amin and his henchmen;yes these are rock solid reminder for posterity and future generations to learn from the tragic history of our nation,written in the blood of our own people.May all who met their violent death at the hands of the evil men/women who took their sacred lives,be rested eternally in the presense of God up yonder in that mansion in heaven where the only thing there created by man are the scars in the hands of Jesus.R.I.P all our departed kinsfolks.Finally i want to personally thank my good freind and dear brother,beloved Daudi Kololo for courageously putting up the sad,sad,sad saddest links above,may God bless and keep you safe;best of the best;warmest good wishes for the new year from me2u.GBU.Amen.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Lt. Col. Valentine Ochima

Lt. Col. Valentine Ochima; Amin's ADC

Extract of letter to Amin by Kibedi. "LT.-COL. OCHIMA: at the time of your coup in January 1971 and in the months following the coup, Ochima worked at least 20 hours a day for you. In those early days he was your Press Office, public relations man, A.D.C., bodyguard, special emoy, all at the same time. Where is he? Liquidated.

Ochima, an Alur with a following in the Army, was imprisoned in july 1971 and shot the following year.  After the invasion of Uganda by Ugandan exiles in 1972, Amin accuses all Madi of drunkeness and removed them from sensitive positions.  He then called Madi elders to explain to them the crimes of their sons.

Ms. Edith Bataringaya

Wife of Basil Bataringaya murdered three years after her husband.

Nicholas Stroh

American Journalist.

on july 7, 1971, two american journalists – nicholas stroh and robert l. Siedle (also a lecturer at makerere university) – set out to investigate the masaka army barracks massacres. On arrival at the barracks, they were arrested on the orders of lt. Col. Ali and to this day they have never been seen again nor their bodies found.


Ahmed Oduka

Director of Police band

Bandmaster in the police.

Director of Music Uganda Police. Fled to Mombasa but returned on Amin's assurance of safety. Bludgeoned to death within minutes of return. Amin admitted his death but insisted that Oduka died of fright when soldiers pointed guns at him.

According to Amin's Cabinet Minister:
Ahmed Oduka was one of the men who had reported that Amin planned to assassinate Obote on return from Singapore. He had fled immediately after the coup to Mombasa. One of Amin's men visited him there in march and told Oduka that it would be safe to return. When he arrived, he was taken to see Amin, who asked him to record a statement at Makindye prison. The meeting was friendly, but as soon as Oduka left, Amin ordred him to be "taken to Malire" There his skull was smashed in with a club. News of the murder reached Amin while I was with him. He was telephoned by Brig Bogere, who reported the facts of Oduka's death. Amin turned to me and said coldly, "Oduka is dead" as if reporting the completion of some trivial task. I already knew better than to react in any way... 

Source. Henry Kyemba. Amin's former Minister of Health.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Abdul Kidega

Police Officer:  Brother of Colonel Nyero

Murdered by Amin's henchmen in the 1970's.  Please update info hereunder or send information pertaining to this grotesque crime to

Friday, 4 January 2013

Captain Agona

He was killed at the border between Uganda and Tanzania, he had been trained in Britain as an engineer and was working as a Soldier in the Army.