Ugandans upset over Chavez' kind words for Idi Amin

Ugandans upset over Chav

Ugandan officials were offended Sunday after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wondered out loud whether Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was truly as brutal as he was reputed to be. There is no exact figure for the number of people killed during Amin's 1971-1979 regime but estimates range up to 500,000 people. "We thought he was a cannibal," Chavez said on Friday, referring to Amin, whose regime was notorious for torturing and killing suspected opponents in the 1970s. "I have doubts. ... I don't know, maybe he was a great nationalist, a patriot." Mary Karoro Okurut, spokeswoman for the ruling National Resistance Movement, said Amin was not worthy of such consideration. "Anybody who says that Amin was good has something wrong with him," she said Sunday. "Amin was brutal. He killed many Ugandans and made many run into exile. There is something wrong with whoever praises Amin."