UGANDA: Big Daddy's Breakfast

Two months ago, Uganda's mercurial President General Idi ("Big Daddy") Amin Dada packed off all the members of his Cabinet for 30 days of "vacation." They were exhausted, he said, and needed a rest. Then he extended the enforced leave for another 30 days, announcing that the ministers' permanent secretaries would run things in their absence. Last week the eleven surviving ministers—five others had been fired, one quit in disgust, and another, Amin's brother-in-law, submitted his resignation by letter—filed into the presidential palace in Kampala for a 6 a.m. command breakfast. Those who showed up late, Big Daddy...

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