Within a few years Obote became
implicated together with the deputy commander of the
armed forces, one Idi Amin, in a plot to smuggle gold, coffee and ivory out of the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
Refusing to bow to any investigation, Obote acted
swiftly to secure his power. He suspended the constitution, declared himself
president and ordered a state of emergency with many former cabinet members
being arrested and detained.
Obote then had his newly appointed Chief of Staff, Idi Amin, storm the president's palace sending Kabaka Mutesa into exile and
he passed a new constitution ending Buganda's autonomy
and the creation of an all powerful president, himself.
ruled for eight years, during which time up to 500,000 Ugandans were massacred
earning him the nickname the 'Butcher of Uganda.'
Amin exacted his revenge by
being earlier sidelined by Obote as the then President had become increasingly
concerned at Amin's gathering of power, by sending out killer squads to track
down and kill the former president's supporters.
For many years the full horror of Amin's horrific rule in Uganda went mainly unnoticed by the west and it wasn't
until around 1978 that his bizarre and paranoid behaviours began to appear in
the international press.