Former Ugandan President Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada was not a beneficiary of the 50th Uganda Independence Medal posthumously awarded to ex-Presidents including current President Yoweri Museveni.
The medals were awarded yesterday as the ruling National Resistance Movement celebrated 27 years in power at a function held at Nyakasanga Grounds in Kasese District, western Uganda.
According to General Elly Tumwine, chairperson of the National Awards and Medals Committee, Idi Amin missed out on the accolade because it was awarded to people who served honourably yet Amin left a bad legacy behind.
Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. He ascended into power after overthrowing Milton Obote in a military coup as the former attended the Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting in Singapore.
Amin was overthrown in 1979 before fleeing to exile in a Saudi Arabia where he passed away in 10 years ago at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Ex-Presidents awarded the medal are Sir Edward Mutesa, Obote, Yusuf Lule, Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa and Gen. Tito Okello.
Idi Amin’s exclusion from the medals’ list has drawn mixed reactions from Ugandans with those in favour saying he should have been awarded one because he had Uganda at Heart.