Amin, Idi, former president of Uganda (1971-1979), also known as Idi Amin Dada, is known for his brutality and disregard human life that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths. Not to mention plunging the country into chaos and poverty.
At least that’s what we see in retrospect.
But during Amin’s rule, he was a charismatic man who saw himself as more hero than villian, more king than knave.
Recently while documenting the recovery and transition in Northern Uganda, I stumbled upon the remains of his presidential palace.
A structure he built in Agoro, Lamwo District bordering Sudan right at top of the Imatong mountain ranges. His Government’s presidential Palace was constructed as his residence and also strategically positioned for military defense purposes.
The structure was deemed “nothing less than a palace”, made of strong stone walls, with “a handsome flight of steps leading to his throne seat”. Most locals noted the building was “large and convenient” but not handsome.
Being there was quite chilling, and just reminded me of the blood shed in the name of vanity.
In front of the palace was a scenic and incredible view.
I guess with all his brutality and disregard for Human life, He could not cover up Uganda’s natural beauty.