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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Saturday, November 9, 1974 Ugandan chief said paranoid General A mill's life in constant danger By COLIN LEGUM London Observer ON THE UGANDAN FRONTIER General Idi Amin's father, Dada Amin, has escaped from Uganda because he fears that his life is no longer safe. He has. taken refuge in Zaire and is building a house in a small village called Adibu. Amin is no longer on speaking terms with his three sisters and his brother. This family division, which is symptomatic of what is happening inside Uganda, is the culmination of n series of events following ihi brutal murder of Amin's wife, Kay, ordered by him Amin's own life is in cons- YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 tant jeopardy. Two weeks ago he narrowly escaped death when two Air Force officers attempted to shoot him down when he was flying back from a visit to Mogadishu in Somalia. They missed him because he diverted his flight to Tororo. This was the second attempt on his life from within the Air Force. The previous effort was made last May, the details of which are only now becoming available. I was given a first-hand ac- count of life at Idi Amin's court by a prominent Ugandan who has been at his side ever since Amin's military coup in January 1971. Because his family is still inside Uganda his name and the place of our meeting must be kept secret. This story begins with the arrest and murder of Amin's former Foreign Secretary Michael Ondogo on March 6. Amin is said to have been jealous of Ondogo's close JUBILEE SHOW HOME By Appointment Only! 3609 REDWOOD ROAD [This lovely split level home features: 2100 sq ft. oflarge kitchen, with black walnut cupboards, separate room. Exterior brick front, double garage and' Built by KANEWISCHER HOMES LTD. 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The fourth, to the sister of his first Foreign Minister, Wanume Kibedi, had been set aside after her brother's defection. Kay, the mother of four of Amin's children, was a highly- educated girl. Amin had married her because he was proud, at first, to have an educated wife but as time went on he began to resent her on that account. The news of Amin's divorce of his wives greatly upset his old father who had earlier become estranged from his son. He sent his daughters to tell Amin of his displeasure. Amin raved at them and his threats against the old man were such as to 'persuade the father that the time had come for him to put himself outside of his son's reach. Amin ordered the arrest of Kay's brother, Wilson Adoa, who subsequently escaped to Zaire. But Kay was less for- tunate: Amin announced that she had died as a result of an abortion. The real story of her death is bizarre. Far from being pregnant she had, in fact, ever since the birth of her fourth child, been suffering from menstrual dif- ficulties as well as from acute sinusitis. On August 11 she arranged with her family doc- tor, Mbalu-Mukasa, to go to his clinic for treatment. On the next day her sister-in-law went to the clinic to visit her. She found the house locked and no sign of Kay. When she gained admission she found the doctor's wife and five children unconscious. Two of tha children subsequently died. All had been poisoned. She found the doctor dead in his garage. He too was pois- oned. In the boot of his car she found the body of Kay with her limbs servered and the back of her head bashed in. She was neatly trussed up in a packing case. Amin ordered the body to be taken to Mulago Hospital where he brought his four children by Kay. 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He is believed to have left a written account of what happened but this has not yet come to light. The second version is that the doctor killed himself and his family, but not Kay. She is said to have been taken into Amin's presence and that he personally killed her after abusing her or that he ordered her to be taken from his presence to be killed. Whichever version is the true one, the fact is that Kay was brutally murdered. SUSPICIOUS My informant tells me that Amin's state of mind is "terri- ble to behold." He alternates between periods of lucidity when he abuses his power to give rapid orders mostly concerned with plans for his survival. These centre mainly on a desperate search for arms and money which he uses liberally to pay off his squads of killers. "At other times" says this former close associate of Amin, "the General sits absolutely silent for long periods speaking to nobody, gazing into space and breathing like an asthmatic. In these periods he resembles some wild animal. Nobody dares move as they watch him in this mood of anguished despair. It is terrifying to be in his presence at these times." He added that Amin regularly consults three Baganda medicine men. They have told him that he can protect himself from the spirits of his victims by drink- ing their blood and eating pieces of their flesh. The medicine men have also told Amin that he will die in the end at the hand of one of his relatives. Hence the growing estrangement from his close family. Amin has become increasingly suspicious of his Army. Half of his battalions Wheat board grain prices to be raised WINNIPEG (CP) The Canadian Wheat Board's initial prices for wheat, oats and barley will be increased in the near future, Otto Lang, the minister responsible for the board, said Thursday. Initial prices represent the amounts received by farmers for each bushel of grain when it is delivered to country elevators for the wheat board's account Following the end of a crop year July 31, the board dis- tributes final payments to farmers based on the average selling price of the grain dur- ing the year. Initial prices for the present crop year, basis Thunder Bay or Vancouver, are: a bushel for N'o. 1 CW red spring wheat. for No. 2 CW oats and for No. 2 CW six row barlev The package it comes in. The brains behind Hall. n drop. The engine also runs more smoothly, more ef- ficiently and riore t'C'jb'e-free. Pius the who'c system is tarnper-pioof and perfectly pre-set. F 'iniiy, the cnt'ie package, Beetle and eiectionic fuel injection, is cohered the s Sec in ity Blanket, probably the most advanced car P an in it-, O jite ISP t it? The thmhng man s cai, thinks. The 1975 Beetle. Raewood Motors Ltd. VOIKSWAGEN PORSCHE AUDI 1403-3RD AVENUE GEN. AMIN now have guns but are no longer issued with am- munition. His crack Mulire mechanis- ed regiment has been broken up and dispersed. He changes his cars four to six times a day and after 4 p.m. sends all his bodyguards away, trusting nobody to be near him at home after dark. When he addressses public meetings, never announced beforehand, his inevitable rule is to send the Army units in the area out of the town before he arrives. He has been increasing his recruitment among southern Sudanese tribes, Nubians and members of his own Kakwa tribe. He appears to be break- ing up his entire army as it previously existed and is concentrating on building up a much smaller handpicked force, many of whom are be- ing trained in Russia. But the main focus of his suspicion is on the Air Force under the command of one of his closest henchman, Brigadier Guwedekko, one of the most feared men in the military. It was he who tipped off Amin about an Air Force plan to kill him last May. The apparent plan was that during a Cessna air exhibition at Entebbe Airport, the Air Force would arrange for him to be shot down and make it appear an accident. But Amin struck before them. On the night of May 22-23, he sent in his killer squads to pick off the ring-leaders. A violent fight ensued. Two of the ringleaders, Colonels Ahunga and Kasubi, were killed. At least eight officers succeeded in escaping to neighbouring countries. The latest attempt by two Air Force pilots to shoot him down was kept secret from Brigadier Guwedekko. The in- quiry into this incident has failed to trace the culprits. It is not known whether Guwedekko does not know what happened, or whether he is in fact now covering up for them. My informant says that Amin is by no means finished. There is still a strong reluc- tance to support assassination plans because of the fears of the chaos tha-t would ensue. Meanwhile. Amin is occupy- ing himself with a new plan for his longtime survival, the details of which have been given to me but which, for the present, I have been asked to keep confidential until further details can be filled in. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC DIETRICH Certified Mechanic 303 51h Street South Mctcalf Building PHONE 328-7864 LETHBRIDGE BRONCOS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OCT. 26 Nov. 2nd BRYAN TROTTIER Your Buy Quality At Thrae two plojr- were instru- mental to the CBM toil week, Brian picked up 14 in- cluding 2 hat ana Greg outtlandlrtg in defensive play Keep up the great work GREG WOODS MINUTE MUFFLER INSTALLATIONS 3rd S 4th St. S. Phone Nixon pal admits tax law violation WASHINGTON (AP) Ed- ward Morgan, who helped ar- range for Richard Nixon to take a tax deduction of more than for the gift of his pre-presidential ed guilty Friday to conspiring to violate the United States tax laws. Morgan, 36, of Los Angeles pleaded to a charge filed by the special Watergate prosecutor's office. The criminal information alleged that Morgan and un- named co-conspirators con- cealed "the true facts and cir- cumstances regarding the custody, control and dominion of the pre-presidential papers of Richard M. Nixon. The prosecutors charged that Morgan backdated a deed to the papers to read March 27, 1969. The prosecutors noted that tax laws were changed late in 1969 to vastly reduce the amount allowed as a tax deduction for a charitable contribution of personal papers. The prosecutors said that Morgan, a deputy counsel to then-President Nixon, "well knew" during 1969 that the Nixon papers while in govern- ment storage remained Nix- on's property. The joint tax return of Nix- on and his wife for 1969 was filed April 10, 1970, and statec that he had given the govern- ment "personal papers manuscripts and other valued a Nixon claimed a deduction of that year anc claimed that the balance o would be carrieo over to be used as deductions- on future tax returns. The deductions for the gift were reviewed earlier this year and disallowed by the Internal Revenue Service IRS. Both the IRS and the joint congressional committee on taxation examined the Nixon returns and concluded the deduction should be dis- allowed. Neither the IRS nor the congressional committee made any allegations of tax fraud. U.S. District Judge George Hart deferred sentencing until receipt of a pre-sentence report and released Morgan on personal recognizance. In addition to the criminal information, the prosecutors filed with the judge a letter from special prosecutor Henry Ruth to Richard Van Dusen. Morgan's lawyer, which set out the defendant's agreement to co-operate com- pletely with the gov- ernment's investigation. take-it- with-you SALE THE SIDEKICK. 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