When talking about some of the most brutal leaders Africa has ever produced,the name Idi Amin Dada must first come to mind, when one hears the series of atrocities committed by the Ugandan warlord,you can’t help but wonder whether it is blood that flows through his vein.
But Idi Amin did not commit those atrocities alone,as a matter of fact he used certain people to carry out his devilish acts,one of such people is Isaac Maliyamungu who is popularly referred to as Idi Amin Killing machine.
Isaac was one of the most trusted soldiers of Idi Amin,even though Idi Amin was known to have trust issues during his regime,he held Isaac so close to his heart because Isaac was there from the onset of his government,he was part of those involved in the coup that brought Idi Amin to power,he was born a christian and he was a nephew to Idi Amin,no wonder the dictator was so fond of him
When Milton Obote was the president of Uganda,Idi Amin was the deputy commander of the Ugandan Army,on his order,Isaac was recruited into the Ugandan army,sooner than expected Idi Amin started planning a coup to overthrow Milton Obote,his nephew Isaac played a crucial part in recruiting soldiers that they secretly trained in a dense forest, being an insider of the Milton Obote government,Isaac learnt of the ploy to arrest Idi Amin by Milton,he quickly alerted Idi Amin and told him to speed up the coup
The day of the coup arrived and Isaac Malimamungu was given the task of securing the popular Entebbe airport in Uganda so that all forms of movement will be halted as soon as the coup began, it was during this coup that Idi Amin became so impressed with his nephew on the day of the Coup.
He drove an armoured tank from the barrack to the airport,he released a shot at the gate of the airport killing two priest in the process,this caused a panic in the airport and the opposition fled,allowing Isaac to take absolute control of the airport,the manner with which he secured Entebbe airport impressed Idi Amin so much that Isaac immediately found favour in his eyes
The wheel of Idi Amin’s reign is already rolling,Isaac was given the singular task of wiping all loyalist that were loyal to the former president Obote,he was also told to make sure that all soldiers that are not in support of Idi Amin government be wiped out of the army with immediate effect,this task made him one of the most powerful men in Uganda at the time.
Because Idi Amin gave him the powers to execute anybody that is not in support of his government including superior highly ranked military officers,within four months,Isaac have murdered hundred of Ugandans,little wonder he was called the Killing Machine
Being a blood thirsty General,his mode of operation impressed Idi Amin and he quickly made Isaac his right hand man,he became very powerful as he controlled not just the army but the entire armed forces of Uganda,he became a fearsome figure among soldiers of the country.
No one dare go against Idi Amin else he goes six feet the next day, due to his loyalty to the Idi Amin regime,he was widely regarded as the heir to the throne,many believed he will be their next ruler, he was a no nonsense soldier who makes sure he leaves no stone unturned,to kill Idi Amin,you must first of all kill Isaac Maliyamungu
Isaac inspecting some armoured trucks in 1978
As always anything that have a beginning must have an end,the end of the reign of Idi Amin began when Isaac made a big mistake. One of Ugandans ambassador overheard a discussion by some members of the Kenya air force discussing plans by Israel to carry out a raid against Uganda with Entebbe as the main target.
He informed Isaac of what he heard,he also told Isaac of the plans of the Israelis to free hostages of the Idi Amin government,as if pouring water into a basket,Isaac did not rake the words of the ambassador serious as he refer to his words as rubbish,that same day,the raid took place and Isaac was in an hotel at the time relaxing with a prostitute,the attack was successful as one quarter of the Ugandan Air force was destroyed,after the attack.
He accused 14 soldiers of assisting the Israelis,after interrogation,he gathered 12 of them in a room,brought out his pistol and killed each and everyone of them to serve as a deterrent to whoever wants to be be disloyal to the government
Whenever Isaac visits any area in Uganda,his presence spreads fear throughout the area,it was believes that he dismembers the body of his victims and ride over some of his perceived enemies with trucks,it is also believed that the number of Ugandans he killed stands at over 1000
Isaac’s loyalty to Idi Amin was never in doubt,when the government of Idi Amin was crumbling apart and almost all his soldiers left his side,Isaac stood with him till the very end,after Idi Amin’s government,Isaac fled the country only for fate to catch up with him in 1984 when he died of food poisoning in Sudan,indeed nothing lasts forever