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Amin Fights For His Life

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd July 2003 03:00 AM

FORMER Ugandan President Idi Amin is still in a coma fighting for his life at the King Faisal Speacialist Hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

FORMER Ugandan President Idi Amin is still in a coma fighting for his life at the King Faisal Speacialist Hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

By Alfred Wasike
and agencies

FORMER Ugandan President Idi Amin is still in a coma fighting for his life at the King Faisal Speacialist Hospital in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The Minister for the Presidency, Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, said yesterday that Amin was too ill to be flown back to Uganda as his family had requested.

“We have made arrangements to help Amin’s family fly to Jeddah and we are doing that on humanitarian grounds. In any case, he is too ill to fly,” he said without confirming whether Amin’s body would be allowed back in the event of his death.

“We shall decide on all those issues as they come but we shall be doing all that on humanitarian grounds,” he said.

Madina, one of his wives living in Kampala, said she was waiting for the Government assistance through the presidency minister, Ali Kirunda Kivejinja.

She said her husband had suffered from hypertension for some time and went comatose on Friday with serious kidney complications.

But medical sources at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, one of Saudi Arabia’s top medical centres said, “He is in the Intensive Care Unit. His condition is critical. Idi Amin is still in coma and his condition is unstable. He is now in a vegetative state and could die at any time.” Hospital officials refused to specify the exact cause of the octogenarian’s illness or provide details about his condition at the request of his family.

Hospital sources told the paper that Amin had been receiving treatment over the past three months for hypertension and “general fatigue,” and was suffering continued high blood pressure and his health condition was deteriorating.

Amin has lived in exile in Saudi Arabia since he was overthrown on April 11, 1979 after ruling for eight years.

Under his despotic rule, one of the bloodiest in Africa’s modern history, it is estimated more than 400,000 people were murdered or could not be accounted for.

Driven from Uganda by Tanzanian forces and Ugandan exiles, Amin, a Muslim, was given sanctuary by the Saudi Arabian government in the spirit of Islamic charity.

A former boxing champion who once expressed admiration for Adolph Hitler, Amin has lived quietly in Jeddah on a government stipend with four wives.

A spokesman for the Ugandan embassy in Saudi Arabia told The New Vision that the mission was not following Idi Amin’s case because he is a “private citizen and we would like to respect his privacy.”

His relatives are free to come and go and several of his children live and work in Uganda.
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Amin Fights For His Life

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