president Mr Idi Ami Dada is dead. Amin, 78, passed away at exactly
7 a.m. Ugandan time on Saturday.
said that Amin's latest wife, whom he married a few months ago, was
at his bedside when he died.
Marshal Idi Amin Dada (AFP photo)
Her name was not disclosed.
family members in Kampala declined to comment on the death of the
said one of his sons, Mr Jaffer Amin working with DHL courier company,
is the only one authorised to talk about his father's death.
had been in a coma at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Red
Sea port city of Jeddah since July 18.
was suffering from hypertension, fatigue, kidney failure and high
blood pressure caused by his being overweight.
sources said last month that Amin was weighing 220 kgs. However,
doctors in Uganda disputed the figure and said it was too high.
former leader's life has been hanging on a haemo-dialysis machine,
which acts as an external kidney.
Monitor newspaper reported on Monday that the Amin family was looking
for a kidney donor to save his life.
prospective donors had earlier been rejected after their bodies
were found to be incompatible with that of the former leader.
has lived in exile in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years.
toppled former president Mr Apollo Milton Obote in a coup on January
He ruled until April 11, 1979 when he was overthrown by a combined
force of Ugandan exiles and the Tanzanian army.
regained power after the disputed elections in December 1980, only
to be overthrown again by the military in July 1985.
He has since lived in exile in Zambia.
Photo dated June 1972 shows former Ugandan president Idi Amin
Dada (2nd L) posing with late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad,
late Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Libyan leader Muammar
Kadhafi in Kampala during an Organization of African Unity (OUA)
summit (AFP photo).
contacted yesterday, Obote declined to comment on Amin's death.
"No comment," he told Sunday Monitor by phone from Zambia.
had earlier told the press that he wanted Amin to live longer so
that he could answer for the "sins he committed".
former president, Mr Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa, said he was sorry
for Amin's family and the country at large for having lost an ex-president.
that I have nothing to say but would be happy if the president allowed
the body to be brought back," he said.
is blamed for the death of about 500,000 people during his 8-year
After his overthrow, Amin flew to Libya and later to Iraq before
settling in Saudi Arabia.
has lived a quiet life in the desert kingdom with his son, Mr Mwanga
Amin, 31, on a monthly stipend of $1500 provided by his hosts.
his condition deteriorated, a few months ago, his other son, Mr
Wasswa Amin, flew from the US to join him.
wife, Ms Madina Amin, also flew to Saudi Arabia on July 23 to attend
to him. She was joined by another son Hussein Amin.
is survived by four wives and 45 children. The wives are Madina,
Ms Sarah Amin, Ms Norah Amin and the newly wed who was at his bedside.
fifth wife, Ms Kay Amin died under mysterious circumstances in the
mid 70s and her body was dismembered.
operates a restaurant in East London. Norah first fled to DR Congo
in 1979 but her current whereabouts are unknown.
Moses Amin, who the British press once alleged had been killed and
eaten by his father, lives in France.
is in the US while Wasswa Amin, who was in Saudi Arabia when his
father died, converted from Islam to Christianity.
Ali Amin and Ms Maimuna Amin are in Uganda.
of Amin's children are in France.