With his new book, Idi Amin: Lion of Africa, Manzoor Moghal offers a reappraisal of Idi Amin’s time in office. While this is not an outright defence of Amin’s rule, it is, nonetheless, an attempt to recast the man, and offer a more positive narrative of his politics.
French philosopher Albert Camus once observed that we live in an absurd world, a world where we are lost of memories of the past and are uncertain of the Promised Land to come. Uganda has seen these times. Two books under the title Looking Back; one subtitled Tragedies of Ugandan Women and Children 1970-2000, and the other; Personal Memories of Uganda’s Troubled Past 1970-2000, narrate the unimaginable atrocities suffered by this country
Set in Uganda, during the rule of Idi Amin, one of the most brutal dictators to come out of Africa, Snakepit portrays the inner workings of a country veering close to collapse.
Abyssinian Chronicles, Isegawa’s first book, attracted significant attention both locally and internationally when it came out in 2000. And not because it was the first to expose the brutality of Idi Amin’s regime, or to delve into the history of pre- and post-Amin Uganda (it wasn’t).