Dictatorship has been in existence as long as time itself, it once had a different meaning from what it has turned out to be today. It has been known to exist right from 510 BC when it was agreed that it was necessary to have a single person making decision and having authority over all other politicians but couldn’t hold the office for longer than six months.
Dictators were appointed off and on as necessary until 202 BC when a certain dictator-Lucius Cornelius Sulla– was appointed without a term limit and without the restriction of previous dictators. This dictator being intoxicated with the freedom and power allocated him, set in motion what will later be a commonality among dictators to come. Throughout history these tyrants has ruled with an iron fist all in a bid to oppress their people and obtain absolute power. Some of these dictators are:
VLAD III (VLAD THE IMPALER)
His sadist means of brutally punishing his “enemies” by impaling them earned him the nickname “Vlad The Impaler” Vlad III was the second son of Vlad Dracul who became the ruler of Wallachi (in Romania) in 1436. He began a purge among the Wallachian boyars to strengthen his position. He took the captured people to Wallachia where he had them impaled, this method of execution ensured his victims died a painful and slow death. It was recorded that hundred and thousands of people were executed at Vlad’s order at the beginning of his reign. He also purged against the boyars who had participated in the murder of his father and elder brother, or whom he suspected of plotting against him. He died fighting in late December 1476.
IDI AMIN DADA (BUTCHER OF UGANDA)
He was a Ugandan political leader and military officer who seized power in a military coup and overthrew the elected government of Milton Obote and declared himself president. He ruled from 1971 to 1979, a ruthless eight years regime. Popular history recall Amin’s declared title to be “His Excellency, President For life”. He started to satisfy his thirst for blood by sending a “killer squads” to murder Obote’s supporters, military personnel and civilians. His victims soon came to include people from every order and ranks including journalist, lawyers, homosexuals and students. He expelled all Asians from Uganda in 1972 an action that led to the breakdown of the country’s economy. His brutality earned him the name “Butcher Of Uganda” in 1976 he was personally involved in the hijacking of French airliner to Entebbe and it is recorded that the number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated to range from 100,000 to 500,000. He died in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 16 August, 2003.
SALOTH SAR (POL POT)
Born Saloth Sar but adopted his revolutionary pseudonym “pol pot”, he was a leader in the Cambodian communist movement and the prime minister of the government of democratic Kampuchea (DK) from 1976 to 1979. It is estimated that under his leadership the government caused the death of more than one million people as a result of the policies of his four years premiership which included forced labor, starvation, disease, torture, execution. He died in 1998
This German politician was the leader of the Nazi party. He was the chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1946, leader of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1946. His attack on Poland in 1939 started World War II. He is believed to be responsible for the death of more than six million in the holocaust. This infamous dictator killed himself on 30 April 1945 in his berlin bunker.