Israeli invasion of Entebbe and Amin’s consolidation of power
Posted Friday, October 5 2012 at 01:00
But why did it take a whole eight years for Idi Amin’s regime to fall?
“The failure of Ugandans to agree on a unified resistance programme helped Amin survive many overthrow attempts,” writes historian Kasozi in his book, The Social Origins of Violence in Uganda.
He says: “To blame the durability of Idi Amin only on the people of Uganda and their incapacity to resume control of their own destiny until helped by Tanzania is to forget that the people of Uganda were not entirely free agents...”
However, despite four failed attempts to ouster Amin [July 1971 coup attempt by Acholi and Langi soldiers, the February 1972 Mutukula invasion, June 1972 attempted coup and September 1972 invasion], the Israeli raid on Entebbe in 1976, would expose the regime’s vulnerability.
The humiliating defeat, rather than trimming Amin’s extremes, fuelled it the more.
“About four or five air-traffic controllers at Entebbe, one of whom had been on leave during the event, were killed for not having detected the Israeli raid.