He was considered very ruthless during his tenure as President of Uganda and many Ugandans had wished to forget about him, but the government of the east African country has other plans.
The Ugandan government has revealed that it rather wants to turn the bad name of Idi Amin who ruled the country in a brutal manner for eight years, into something profitable.
A museum focusing on Idi Amin and his history is to be built to showcase the darkest moments of Ugandan history to attract tourists visiting the country.
Uganda Tourism Board Chief Executive Stephen Asiimwe is quoted by the BBC to have said that “We want to put the record straight. History gets richer, it’s like red wine – it gets more interesting as the years go by.”
“I lived through the Idi Amin era as a young boy, my fellow students lost their parents to the regime. However you cannot run away from history. These are facts,” Asiimwe told the BBC.
Idi Amin seized power in 1971 shortly after Uganda gained Independence. Some 400,000 people are believed to have been killed during his reign.
He declared himself King of Scotland, banned hippies and mini-skirts, and awarded himself the Victoria Cross. Idi Amin was ousted from office in 1979 and subsequently died in 2003 in Saudi Arabia.
The museum which would be a war museum, will also showcase pre-colonial and colonial history of Uganda and have some focus as well on not only the ex-President but the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).