Museveni Declines Proposal for Idi Amin Memorial Institute

Idi Amin Dada Oumee was a Ugandan military officer and politician who served as the third president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979.. PHOTO/COURTESY

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has firmly rejected a proposal to establish an Idi Amin Institute, deeming the request inappropriate and unwarranted. His response, dated October 5, 2023, was directed to Minister of Sports and Education, Janet Museveni.

In his letter, President Museveni explained that his decision was prompted by a letter from Dr. Alex Kagume of the National Council for Higher Education, inquiring about a request to establish the institute made by Hassan Kaps Fungaroo. The President pointed out that Idi Amin’s government was illegitimate when it was in power, and it was responsible for numerous documented murders, including the Acholi and Lango killings in Mbarara prison, the killing of prisoners in Mutukula prison, the murder of Ben Kiwanuka, and many more.

Museveni also highlighted that Amin had severely damaged Uganda’s economy by expelling the Indian community. He firmly stated, “Therefore, it is not acceptable to grant a license for an institute to promote or study the work of Idi Amin. Ugandans have already shown their forgiveness towards surviving colleagues of Idi Amin, and it is best to let that history fade into obscurity.”

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Busiinge Aggrey
Busiinge Aggrey
Business Aggrey" is a 23-year-old Ugandan journalist and Editor-in-Chief at The Black Examiner newspaper