A great laugh indeed. After the fall of big daddy many such tales did the rounds and this one is certainly a familiar one. This charming anecdote, which circulated widely in the wake of the fall of Amin, is not only mythical; it is, in fact, a joke, and an old one at that.
The impression the west particularly Britain gave about Amin, was that he was a buffon who didnt know what he was doing. In fact the Brits together with Israelis aided and abated in a behind-the-scenes sort of way the overthrow of Milton Obote (First post independent Prime Minister and two time President of Uganda) by Idi Amin who was then Army Chief of Staff. They actually propped up Amin although in the end he turned against them. When Amin overthrew Obote, Britain was the first country to recognise his government.
Obote was seen a proponent of the socialist left thinking along with other prominent Pan Africanists like Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda all of whom were not in very good books with the West. These great leaders who led their people to independence were more inclined to Moscow, Pyongyang and Beijing - Metropols of the Socialist/communist schools of thought.
Although Amin visited Britain as early as 1971 the speech attributed to him in Samson?s post is fictional though good for a laugh.
On many occasions Amin deliberately set out to irk the Brits Monarchy. Below are some telegram messages (reproduced verbatim) that Amin actually send to the Queen of England during his tenure of office;
?My Dear Queen, I intend to arrive in London for an official visit on August 4th this year, but I am writing now to give you time to make all the necessary preparations for my stay so that nothing important is omitted. I am particularly concerned about food, because I know that you are in the middle of a fearsome economic crisis. I would also like you to arrange for me to visit Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to meet the heads of revolutionary movements fighting against your imperialist oppression.?
On another occasion, Amin sent the Queen the following telegram:
?Dear Liz, if you want to know a real man, come to Kampala.?
It?s not known whether or not the Queen responded positively to this overture.
A documentary shot in 1974 by a French journalist titled 'IDI AMIN' is available and gives a rare insight into life and times of the dictator. This footage is far more real than the Oscar award winning last King of Scotland.
Thanks Sam for this and have you all a great weekend.