Amin's father was a farmer and a member of the Kakwa — a tribe indigenous to Uganda, Congo, and Sudan — while his mother was ... Idi Amin. Ello le permitió, tras la independencia, ser nombrado comandante supremo de las Fuerzas Armadas, cargo que desempeñó entre 1966 y 1970.
Deserted by his father at an early age, he was brought up by his mother, an herbalist and diviner. Amin was a member of the Kakwa ethnic group, a small Islamic tribe that had settled in the region. Idi Amin Dada's Youth.