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Thu Jun 30 05:10:53 SAST 2016

I'll repatriate Idi Amin's remains, vows presidential candidate

AFP | 11 February, 2016 00:58
Amin died in exile in Saudi Arabia - where he is buried - in 2003. He had lived there since being overthrown in 1979. File photo

A top challenger in next week's Ugandan presidential election has promised to repatriate the remains of dictator Idi Amin and build a museum in his honour, his spokesman said yesterday.

Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister and former ruling party stalwart now challenging veteran President Yoweri Museveni in the February 18 polls, made the pledge while visiting Amin's ancestral home in northwest Uganda, where he was welcomed by the former dictator's uncle.

Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, Mbabazi's spokesman, said "one of the critical building blocks" of the party was "reconciliation" to help "the process of forgiveness for any real or perceived wrongs in the past" that once divided Uganda.

"The issue of Idi Amin is one of them," she said.

Amin died in exile in Saudi Arabia - where he is buried - in 2003. He had lived there since being overthrown in 1979. His eight-year rule was characterised by buffoonery and brutality, helping his name become shorthand for African dictatorship and violent misrule.

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