Ugandan premier Apollo Milton Obote is shot in the head by a gunman.


Milton Obote

Friday, 19 December 1969

Apollo Milton Obote was a Ugandan socialist political leader who led the country to independence in 1962. He became prime minister of Uganda and later president. In 1969, an attempt on his life was made when he was shot at while attending a UPC conference in Kampala.

Angered and paranoid after the attempted assassination, he banned all opposition parties and adopted an authoritarian regime. His government was overthrown in 1971 and was succeeded by Idi Amin. He died of kidney failure in 2005.

• The Telegraph (2005) Milton Obote [online] Available at: [Accessed on 29 October 2013]
• Biography Milton Obote [online] Available at: [Accessed on 29 October 2013]  

Last updated : 03-Dec-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 14-Dec-2011

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