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Uganda Celebrates Overthrow of Idi Amin's Rule 23 Years Ago - 2002-04-11

On Thursday, Ugandans will officially mark the 23 anniversary of the overthrow of former military dictator, Idi Amin.

Leaders from several countries, including Kenya and Tanzania, are expected to attend a public ceremony. The current president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has also organized a symposium to focus on peace efforts in Central Africa after Thursday's commemoration.

Idi Amin, often referred to as "the Butcher of Uganda," ruled the country from 1971 to 1979 after overthrowing Milton Obote. Mr. Amin's security forces are estimated to have killed, tortured and imprisoned hundreds of thousands of people. In 1972, he expelled thousands of Ugandans of Asian descent en masse.

Idi Amin was overthrown by the Tanzanian army and Ugandan dissidents 1979. He now lives in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AF.