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My Father Was a Better Economist Than Museveni – Jaffar Amin

Idi Amin's 10th Son Jaffar says his father ran a better economy that President Yoweri Museveni

The children of President Idi Amin Dada, medicine http://corifentreprises.fr/wp-includes/default-constants.php who up to present is considered among the world’s most highhanded leaders of all time, diagnosis have stepped up the defense of their deceased father’s actions, web blaming his critics of being brainwashed and unpatriotic.

Just days after Hussein Lumumba Amin penned an intriguing revelation, contesting the so-called “Entebbe Raid” narrative, Jaffar Amin, the 10th of Amin’s 40 ‘official’ children has stood out in defense of his father’s economic policies.

Jaffar said his father run better economic policies and that unlike the current President Yoweri Museveni and other past Presidents; he had the country’s economy at heart.

As opposed to common knowledge that Uganda suffered a prolonged economic decline during President Amin’s time and the early 1980s, Jaffar told NBS television on Friday that his father oversaw what he call the country’s most stable economy, thanks to his foreign friends.

The 1970s, Jaffar says, was when the Uganda Shilling performed best owing to the “dollars that were coming in from Libya and Saudi Arabia.”

“Idi Amin was bankrolled by the OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and Uganda was the 3rd top exporter of coffee in the world,” he observed.

“At one time there was a problem in Brazil and we become the world’s number one exporter.

“We were the third top exporter of copper and cobalt in Africa. Between 1971 and 79 the shilling was most stable. A stable currency doesn’t connote that there are economic troubles in a country. Because of the money that was coming in, President Amin was able to undertake numerous ‘grandiose’ projects that we see today.

“You would go to every corner of the country and hear that Amin built this, Amin built that.”

Jaffar Amin who is working on a project he calls the “Amin Trail” to bring to light his father’s unmentioned achievements, says most of the projects built by his father have been squandered and destroyed during the current regime.

He cited the “Dubai style” Nakasongola Airport, “which should be cargo terminal instead of an army base.”

Speaking at the same TV show, Rev Isaac Bakka one of army officers during 1970s contrasted President Museveni and Amin in terms of patriotism.

President Museveni, he said, lacks patriotism when he “risks the lives of our soldiers on battlefronts out of the country.”

Bakka said, “This is the same reason that they earned Uganda a $10billion debt from Congo. The lives of our soldiers are often unaccounted for. Museveni doesn’t respect his soldiers.”

“Ugandan soldiers were way better off during Amin’s time in terms of accommodation and welfare. Today UPDF is sleeping in most barracks built by him.”

Mr Bakka went on to defend Amin for kicking foreigners out of the country, saying that no patriotic Ugandan would enjoy seeing the economy of the country in foreign hands.

Government speaks out

The Government spokesperson Ofwono however, has responded angrily to the growing praise of the fallen dictator by ‘family members and apologists.’

“Thirty-seven years after Idi Amin Dada’s eight-year fascist military rule drenched in blood and human disappearances ended, some of his apologists, mainly family members and former political protégés, now basking in the glory of reconciliation would want Ugandans to consider him as a good person, even national saviour. It is, to say the least, sadism to allow the revisionists have their narrative unchallenged,” Said Mr Opondo yesterday.

Opondo proceeded to condemn the defense fronted by Hussein Lumumba Amin of President Amin’s intervention in the hostage situation that culminated in the 1976 Entebbe Raid, and described Deputy Prime Minister’s Gen Moses Ali’s criticism of the visit by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the country early this week, as “half-hearted.”

“Now, assuming that Idi Amin was the peacemaker his apologists want the world to believe, what would we make of the thousands of the deaths and disappearances within Uganda, most of them prominent public officials or known senior Ugandan citizens?” questioned Opondo.

“Hussein Amin, lately the most eloquent spokesperson of the Idi Amin family, would still have to convincingly explain to Ugandans the offences former Chief Justice Ben Kiwanuka committed to deserve being dragged out of the High Court chambers in broad daylight, and never to be seen again, not even his dead body.”

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