These are not Imperialist conquerors. These are Americans who see Africa as the last frontier of the great capitalist adventure.
This road trip is amazing. It took lots of nerve and the mercy of God.
Editor- Steve Van Nattan- Amin's bizarre behavior was classic in African history and rivaled the odd behavior of Mutesa, Uganda's king from the late 1800s. Amin proposed marriage to UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the assumption that she would like to have two husbands. Amin's children attended a missionary school known to me when I was living in Kenya, and one of the teachers reported that Amin's son once said to the teacher, "My Daddy killed my Mommy," which was already rumored.
Amin, according to a British Military officer who knew Amin well before independence in Uganda, reported that Amin tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, one which eventually eats up the brain. The officer said the Amin was a very good solder and a Sergeant, and he tried over and over to convince Amin to seek treatment for the disease. Amin refused, and it is believed that this explains his extreme swings of behavior from very normal and likable to mad and evil. Amin promoted himself to Field Marshall, a rank only used by other nations during war. You can see by the photo above that Amin like bling bling on his chest.
Editor: Steve Van Nattan- I always thought of Nkrumah as a gentleman leader of the patriarchal era, among the first leaders of Africa after independence. If he had faults I never heard of them. I suspect his demise was a cruel fate for a rather sincere leader.
Translation by Steve Van Nattan: "That person is very heathen. He forced my people (Kenyans) to leave Uganda. Do not bring him to State House. Take him to the Pan Africa Hotel."
While Obote was the first and legally elected President of Uganda, he was very cruel and arranged the suppression of citizens in tribes he did not like, even killing some. President Jomo Kenyatta was in order to call Obote heathen.Obote was taken to the Pan African Hostel where he found the Luos whom he had chased away from Uganda in 1970. Obote had a good policy of “Ugandanisation of the civil service” and in 1970 he chased away so many Luos who were working in the former Uganda Hotels and in different places in Jinja.
Comment by Steve Van Nattan: Menguistu is reported to have become a born again Christian, as were his wife and children according to reports. The problem is, if he was born again he would go home to Ethiopia and confess the sin of killing many thousands of Ethiopians and destroying many churches of all denominations. He has not, so his claim to follow Jesus Christ is at best a lot of rumor, at worst, blasphemy. Would the Ethiopian Government accept his apology? I doubt it, but the price to be cleansed for a Bible believer is sometimes costly.
Ironically, Mengistu Heile Mariam is translated in Amheric to "Heavenly Power of Mary" which was 100% the opposite of the man's character and manner of dealing with people.