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His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Idi Amin at swearing-in ceremony, October 02, 1975. Photo:Bettmann/Corbis.

His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Idi Amin at swearing-in ceremony, October 02, 1975. Photo:Bettmann/Corbis.

Idi Amin

During his rule he banned hippies and mini-skirts.

He is reported to have kept the severed heads of political opponents in his fridge

Warning some parts of this story maybe?disturbing.

To understand Amin’s reign of terror it is?necessary to realize that he was not an ordinary political tyrant. He did more than murder those whom he considered his enemies: he also subjected them to barbarisms even after they were dead. These barbarisms are well attested. It was common knowledge in the Ugandan medical profession that many of the bodies dumped in hospital mortuaries were terribly mutilated, with livers, noses, lips, genitals or eyes missing. Amin’s killers did this on his specific instructions; the mutilations follow a well-defined pattern. After Gofrey Kigala was shot in 1974, his eyes were gouged out and his body was partially skinned before it was dumped outside Kampala. Medical reports on deaths of Shaban Nkutu, Lt.Col Ondoga etc stated that the bodies had been cut open and that a number of internal organs had been tampered with.

Idi Amin Dada, whose brutality and disregard for the rule of law led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and plunged the country into chaos and poverty became known as the ‘Butcher of Uganda’ for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africa’s post-independence dictators. Amin seized power in a military coup?in 1971 and ruled over Uganda?for 8 years. Estimates for the number of his opponents who were killed, tortured, or imprisoned vary during his eight-year Ugandan dictatorship. Is it possible to distinguish the man from the monster?

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Disgusted

The antics of The Herald and Dompost in their little exercise of press freedom by publishing a photo of and naming Cpl. Willie Apiata VC are despicable.

John Roughan makes a weaselly excuse in the paper that holds about as much water as a colander. Little does he know that while the Afghan insurgents could see and atch them in the streets of Kabul they would have had little idea about who he actually was.

Now that the Herald, the Dompost, and to a certain extent the fools “Smile and Wave” Key and “Comfortable Shoes” Mapp have outed him they are all party to a conspiracy to condemn Cpl. Apiata VC to becoming a named target of the Taleban. What this means is that they will have put a bounty, literally on his head, to be captured alive or dead. Alive is better for them because the ensuing release of a video of a hero being bashed and beaten then made to read out a statement apologising to Allah and the people of Afghanistan will make better press than anything else they do.

The fact that John Roughan knows now’t about this shows just how out of touch cossetted repeaters are when they sit in their comfortable air-conditioned press rooms deciding on the life of a serving soldier.

I think that John Roughan should go up to Kabul in little else than his underpants and apologise to the SAS and to Cpl. Willie Apiata VC in person. Bet he doesn’t have the stones to do that.

It seems that in NZ it is ok to show photos identifying high profile Kiwi Soldier, but not cartoons depicting Allah, it is ok to out Cpl Apiata VC but not OK to name paedophiles.

If I had a subscription to the Herald I would cancel it. Meanwhile if “Comfortable Shoes” Mapp could fall on his sword that would be helpful.

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