Other Notable Deaths


October 12, 2005

Milton Obote, 80, Uganda's first prime minister and a two-time president whose initial term ended with a coup led by Idi Amin and whose second was known for its harsh repression, died Monday at a South African hospital after a series of illnesses, said Henry Mayega, secretary-general of Obote's Ugandan People's Congress. He had been living in exile in Zambia.

Mr. Obote served as Uganda's first prime minister after independence in 1962, when the country was ruled by King Mutesa II. He staged a coup in 1966 and declared himself president.

Anger over Mr. Obote's decision to disband Uganda's four traditional monarchies and institute a socialist system lowered his popularity. He relied on arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial executions to maintain power.

While Mr. Obote was at a summit in Singapore in 1971, Amin, his aide, seized control.

Mr. Obote sought refuge in neighboring Tanzania where he was protected by his friend, then-President Julius Nyerere, whose soldiers later helped Ugandan rebels overthrow Amin in April 1979. Mr. Obote returned to power the following year, but Uganda's current President Yoweri Museveni raised an army and fought a civil war against him from 1980-1985. Mr. Obote was ousted for a second time in 1985 coup and Mr. Museveni took control.

Bert T. Kobayashi Sr., 89, a former Hawaii Supreme Court associate justice who was noted for his ability to mediate labor disputes, died Thursday in Honolulu.

Mr. Kobayashi served as then-Gov. John A. Burns' first attorney general from 1962 to 1969, and declined several requests from Mr. Burns to be his running mate for lieutenant governor in 1966. He was named to the high court by Mr. Burns and stepped down from the bench in 1979 at the end of his 10-year term.

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