The Sunday Monitor:
Kampala - Tuesday, 12 August 2003 01:26 am

Idi Amin gets death threats
By Timothy Kalyegira & Agencies
August 12, 2003

Hospital source says former leader expected to die in a few days

Former President Idi Amin, 78, who is undergoing emergency treatment at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has received several death threats.

South African state radio, in its morning news bulletin yesterday, quoted a source at the hospital as saying that the threats were made anonymously by telephone to the hospital.

The hospital authorities quickly posted an armed guard in Amin's room in the intensive care unit of the hospital and security around the hospital compound has been stepped up.

Amin and his henchmen have been blamed for the murder of an estimated 500,000 Ugandans during their rule from January 1971 to April 1979.

The hospital sources would not confirm whether the anonymous phone calls might have come from Ugandans who bore the brunt of Amin's policies.

Reuters news agency on Sunday quoted a source in Jeddah as saying that Amin's condition has deteriorated further "as sepsis has set in, compounding earlier multiple organ system failure. He is still hooked up to a life-support machine... [and] the prognosis is he will die within days rather than weeks."

Since The Sunday Monitor broke the story of Amin being in a coma three weeks ago, there has been renewed interest in Amin's legacy and whether he can and should be permitted to return to Uganda in the event of his death or further deterioration in his health.

In October 2001, Amin – the father of about 48 – said that he wanted to return to Uganda and re-build his house in Arua that was destroyed during the 1979 war that toppled him.

Until now, there have been no reported threats to Amin's life since he was taken ill more than three months ago.


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