Amin wasn't just any old Ugandan dictator; he was, as Professor Gup says, ''the stereotypical African despot''. He bankrupted his nation and was responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of its people. A proud man, he proclaimed himself ''Conqueror of the British Empire'' as well as Uganda's heavyweight boxing champion.
Expatriates often bump into the 300lb Amin (a hard target to miss) in a popular supermarket and some, chillingly, ''say they have met him there in the frozen food aisle''. The sight of the exiled butcher of Uganda peering into the freezers and choosing a supply of microwaveable Lean Cuisine dinners must put shoppers off their own groceries.
But for those who want to chat, or to invite him round for a home-cooked meal, Mr Gup is happy to share Amin's telephone number with the world: (00-966-2) 693-3178.Reuse content