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Kay Amin

(d. c. 1974)
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Kay Amin was the fourth wife of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and was mysteriously and brutally murdered.

Who Was Kay Amin?

Kay Amin was the fourth wife of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. She met Idi while she was studying at Makerere University in Kampala in the early 1960s, and they wed in 1966, despite his already being married. The couple officially divorced in 1973, after Idi  had taken at least one more wife. Kay's body was found dismembered in the trunk of a car the following year, with allegations of adultery and uncertainty around her death following her to the grave.

Early Life and Marriage to Idi Amin

Born Kay Adroa, she grew up in the Ugandan town of Paranga. She was attending Makerere University in Kampala when she caught the eye of Uganda dictator Idi in the early 1960s. In 1966, the couple married; Kay became the fourth wife of Idi, who had several wives throughout his lifetime, often concurrently. In 1973, Idi took to Ugandan national radio and announced his divorce from three of his wives, Kay included, after the three women staged an "uprising" in the Amin household.

Little else is known about Kay's life with the Ugandan leader, and her death is shrouded in just as much mystery.

Mysterious Death

In August 1974 (the exact date is uncertain), Kay's body was discovered in the truck of a car, dismembered and sewn back together in a crude fashion. The car was owned by Peter Mbalu Mukasa, a doctor with whom Kay is rumored to have had an affair. The doctor's body was found the day before, and it was ruled that he had committed suicide.

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Two theories have circulated regarding Kay's death. The first is that Idi had her killed because of her alleged affair with Dr. Mukasa. Jaffar Amin, Idi's son, has spoken out on the issue since the film depicting his father, The Last King of Scotland, was released in 2006. Referring to Kay as his "second mother," he claims that an affair was unlikely and that Kay's own father cleared Idi in any involvement.

The second theory claims that Kay died during a botched abortion that was being performed by Dr. Mukasa. According to this theory, Mukasa dismembered her to hide the actual cause of her death. Mukasa's suicide is thought to have stemmed from panic over what he had done, and over the impending consequences if he were to be caught. According to various sources, Kay's autopsy suggested that she was three or four months pregnant at the time of her death.

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