14 July 1971 – Ruthless Ugandan dictator Idi Amin had lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. A brief from the Foreign Office declares that “General Amin has abandoned Obote’s radical pan-African policies for a more moderate and pro-Western policy.”  The following day after the Amin’s lunch with the Queen, the Daily Telegraph declared in an editorial that Amin was “a staunch friend of Britain.”

Amin had denationalised several of the eighty formerly British companies nationalized by Uganda’s previous president Milton Obote who had been regarded as a serious threat to Britain’s financial and economic interests. So the British were keen to back their new friend with military support, and during Amin’s visit to London, a £2 million contract was signed to supply 26 Saladin and six Saracen armoured personnel carriers.

Between 1971 and 1975 Idi Amin was to murder, according to the verdicts of different historians, between 200,000 and 500,000 Ugandans, including numerous incidents of forced disappearances, torture and extra-judicial executions.



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