UGANDA: Murderous Anarchy

"God is on my side," declared Uganda's dictator, General Idi Amin Dada, on the eve of a gigantic celebration to mark the fourth anniversary of the coup d 'état that had brought him to power. He added: "Even the most powerful witchcraft cannot hurt me." It is growing more and more difficult to gainsay Big Daddy. There have been at least a dozen known attempts to overthrow him, six in 1974 alone. But the burly Amin has somehow survived.

The three-hour anniversary ceremony at Kampala's Nakivubo football stadium held late last month was as bizarre and ludicrous as its sponsor. Along...

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