By EA Trade Review Reporter and Agencies
"I do not want to be controlled by any superpower. I myself consider myself the most powerful figure in the world, and that is why I do not let any superpower control me."
Idi Amin, president of Uganda, as quoted in Thomas and Margaret Melady's Idi Amin Dada: Hitler in Africa, Kansas City, 1977.
For eight years, Idi Amin ruled Uganda with an iron fist. He killed, tortured and maimed tens of thousands of Ugandans. He had no respect for anybody but himself.
Idi Amin contributed massively to the collapse of the East African Community in 1977. Prior to the eventual collapse, the dictator had recalled all Ugandans working in EAC organs and parastatals.
His relationship with then Kenya’s President Jomo Kenyatta was at the lowest ebb. At one time, Kenya government denied him channel to move kerosene he was given as gift by Iran from Mombasa to Kampala.
However, Amin’s role in shaping the East African political landscape will remain the annals of history. To the Ugandans, his rule will remain a constant reminder of how one man can jeopardize the future of an entire population.