The organisers of a controversial public lecture meant to memorialise Ugandan dictator Idi Amin say they plan to go on with the event, according to Uganda’s privately-owned Daily Monitor.
Kaps Fungaroo Hassan, the spokesperson of the group, told local media that the lecture is part of an initiative meant to rewrite the narrative about Amin in order to depict his legacy in a way that they view as fair and accurate.
Mr Hassan said that Amin’s legacy has been misrepresented to make him a villain by accusing him of wrongs he did not commit and erasing his contributions to Uganda and Africa from history.
“We are disturbed by the manner Idi Amin is remembered based on negative branding of his personality that’s why we believe his life and work while in office should be re-examined” Mr Hassan previously told local media.
Mr Hassan said that the group wants Amin to be remembered for aiding the independence movements of southern African countries like South Africa, Namibia and Angola when he chaired the African Union.
Amin is infamously remembered as a brutal dictator, whom the acclaimed 2006 Hollywood film Last King of Scotland is based on.
The lecture will take place on 1 September.