Idi Amin, 78, who is undergoing emergency treatment at the King
Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has received
several death threats.
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.
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.
sources would not confirm whether the anonymous phone calls might
have come from Ugandans who bore the brunt of Amin's policies.
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.