WHEN the graves were full and gravediggers could no longer keep up, the corpses were fed to crocodiles in the Nile.
A part, that is, from the heads Idi Amin kept in the fridges of his presidential palace in Kampala.
In the bloody history of the African continent, the man who called himself His Excellency President for Life, http://www.buyviagranz.nu Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular had no equal.
A homicidal bully,buy viagra nz Idi Amin was as mad as he was wicked, a whimsical tyrant who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of fellow Ugandans.
And at his side through most of his eight dreadful years in power was his British henchman, buyviagranz Bob Astles probably the head of his hated secret police and certainly the second most feared man in Uganda.
Now a fictionalised version of Amin’s reign, The Last King Of Scotland, is about to be shown on UK cinema screens. In the film, Astles has been turned into a young doctor played by Shameless and Narnia star James McAvoy.
But the Mirror can reveal the real Astles is still alive and reasonably well.
Now 81, Astles who was nicknamed the White Rat by the Ugandans who feared him lives out his last days in a suburb of South West London.
Any memorabilia from his infamous earlier life is hidden behind the net curtains of the three storey 1930s home he shares with an elderly companion.
Little do his neighbours know that the pensioner with the white hair and full moustache was the closest confidant of Idi Amin, a monster who once complained that human flesh tasted “a little salty”.
In the 70s, before the reality of his terrifying reign emerged, Britain laughed at parodies of this crazed African leader who, in one of his many moments of lunacy, declared himself the last King of Scotland.
As for Astles, the Kent born former soldier was promoted to the rank of major by the dictator, but Astles was not always in favour.
On four occasions Amin, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sildenafil on a whim, ordered the death of “Major Bob”. These violent mood swings terrified anyone who came into contact with Amin, and Astles admits he was no different.
“Scared of him?” he said in a rare interview, with the BBC. “My hair would go on end but I was a fighter. The last time he arranged for me to be killed, he sent for my wife and said, ‘Go and look at him for the last time.’
In the new film starring Forest Whittaker as Amin, the dictator meets his British side kick Dr Garrigan when he treats him after a road accident.
In reality it was Amin who came to the aid of Astles when the pair first came face to face.
In 1962 Astles, who had just set up the first Ugandan airline to employ Africans, was close to drowning in the waters of Lake Victoria when the huge captain in the 4th King’s African Rifles dived in and saved him.
And almost 10 years later, when Amin came to power in a military coup, Astles was quick to support him.
But nothing could protect him from the dictator’s rages.
Within months he was thrown into one of the country’s most notorious prisons for some perceived slight against Amin.
Henry Kyemba, former private secretary to Idi Amin, believes it was Astles’ jail experience which moulded the man he remembers as the tyrant’s “lapdog”. The Ugandan politician, who first revealed the horrors of Amin’s regime, says: “Astles got out of prison and thought he must lick Amin’s boots to survive. Whether he respected Amin for his brutality or excess I don’t know.
“I don’t think there are many Ugandans who would have much respect for the game he played. The best one can do if one cannot change things is to leave.”
In fact, when Astles was offered the opportunity to leave, he refused.
While banged up in Makindye prison, buyviagranz where the usual method of execution was a sledgehammer to the head, the guards announced all Europeans were to be flown back to London.
BUT Astles refused to leave his cell. “I don’t want to go to London,” he shouted. “I’m a Ugandan. I belong here. Shut that bloody door!”
The remarkable show of loyalty impressed Amin. buy viagra nz Astles was released and soon gained so much influence he was said to head Uganda’s dreaded secret police, the State Research Bureau.
Astles, at the very least, was Idi’s sycophant in chief.
Some observers believe that in Astles, who’d arrived in Uganda as a road gang foreman in the 1950s, http://www.buyviagranz.nu Amin saw a kindred spirit, another man from a lowly background like his own.