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Milton Obote Has Died

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posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 08:56 PM
Apollo Milton Obote
Born: December 28, 1924, Uganda
Died: October 10, 2005, South Africa

Milton Obote has died of kidney failure in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 80. Obote was independent Uganda's first head of state. He was overthrown in 1971 by Idi Amin but returned to power in 1980. In 1985 he was again overthrown and fled to Lusaka, Zambia where he remained in excile until his death.

BBC: Former Ugandan leader Obote dies

10 October 2005

The former President of Uganda, Milton Obote, has died at the age of 80.

Mr Obote died of kidney failure in a hospital in Johannesburg, his family announced to the media.

In 1971 whilst attending a Commonwealth summit in Singapore, he was overthrown by Amin, whose time in office was marked by the killing of hundreds of thousands of political opponents. Mr Obote's return to power in 1980 was supported by the Tanzanian government that had forced Amin out.

Our correspondent says that Mr Obote lived out his last years in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, a bitter and frustrated man. But he adds that Mr Obote's supporters, mainly in northern Uganda, never lost faith in their champion, and as news of his death spread, they described him as a democrat and hero of African liberation.

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Obote was a big hero to many people and his death will be noticed worldwide. He reportedly died as a bitter and frustrated man. He was a historic man for sure...

Related Links:
Timeline: Uganda (BBC)
Country profile: Uganda (BBC)
WikiPedia: Milton Obote

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