LONDON (AP) _ Yusufu K. Lule, who was president of Uganda for 68 days after the fall of dictator Idi Amin, died at a London hospital after surgery for kidney failure, a hospital administrator said Tuesday. He was 72.
Lule died Monday at Hammersmith Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment periodically for six years, administrator John Hubbard said.
He said the Ugandan suffered a heart attack after an operation related to his kidney disorder.
Lule became the east African nation’s president after Ugandan rebels and troops from neighboring Tanzania overthrew Amin in April 1979.
He was soon replaced by Godfrey Binaisa and sent to Tanzania, where he spent three weeks under armed guard before being allowed to fly to London.
In exile, Lule became a prominent critic of Uganda’s current leader, President Milton Obote, the man Amin had overthrown in 1971. He accused Obote of killing hundreds of thousands of Ugandans and of being even more brutal than Amin.
Lule was born in 1911, and educated at Fort Hare University in South Africa and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He was a lecturer at Makerere University before becoming a minister in Britain’s colonial administration of his native country.
When Uganda became independent in 1962, Lule became chairman of Uganda’s Public Service Commission. In 1970 he went to London for two years to run the Commonwealth’s Education, Youth and Legal Division.
He was secretary-general of the Association of African Universities between 1972 and 1979 and became head of the Ugandan National Liberation Front, pledged to Amin’s ouster.
Obote, who had lived in exile in Tanzania, recaptured the presidency in disputed elections in December 1980.
On Tuesday, Ugandan’s biggest rebel movement, the National Resistance Movement, vowed to continue Lule’s anti-government efforts.
In a statement received in Nairobi, Kenya, the group said it ″wishes to assure its members, supporters, sympathizers and all Ugandans that the struggle for which Professor Lule stood will continue.″