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Uganda to build ‘Idi Amin museum’ to attract tourists

The Ugandan government is making a step to boost up its tourism sector by building a war museum showcasing some of the darkest moments from its history.

Atrocities committed under former president Idi Amin’s brutal eight-year rule and by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are to be documented.

Idi Amin was considered a very ruthless leader during his tenure and for many Ugandans it would be their wish to forget about him, but the government says it would rather turn Amin’s bad name into profits through tourism.

The war museum will also showcase pre-colonial and colonial history.

Idi Amin took power in 1971 shortly after Uganda gained Independence and some 400,000 people are believed to have been killed during his reign.

Amin expelled Uganda’s entire Asian population in 1972, accusing them of milking the economy. He converted to Islam, took five wives, fathered dozens of children and insisted on being called “Big Daddy”.

He declared himself King of Scotland, banned hippies and mini-skirts, and awarded himself the Victoria Cross.

Amin was ousted by Tanzanian troops and Ugandan exiles in 1979. He later died in Saudi Arabia in 2003.

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