Having ruled with chaos, terror, and bloodshed, the fear of being poisoned haunted their hunger to the extent that only peculiar things made up their grocery list.
The following were the favourite meals of some of the most ruthless dictators of the 20th century.
The Ugandan military dictator and “President for Life” loved pizza and meat but his favourite was Kentucky Fried Chicken, according to his son, Jaffar Amin.
He was also fond of oranges, eating up to 40 a day and claiming they were a natural aphrodisiac.
Several hundred thousand people are believed to have been killed during the 8-year regime of Amin, who has since been renowned for the wrong reasons. After seizing power from the then president of Uganda Milton Obote in 1971, his dictatorial style of leadership made many see him as a monster.
He had come to power with good intentions for his people but as time went on he became power-drunk and started abusing people, historians say.
The Libyan dictator was ousted from power in 2011 after people described him as being a dictator who supported many questionable causes and policies, and who held on to power for too long – over 40 years.
But others still adored him and argued that his leadership brought a lot of socio-economic reforms to the country.
Gaddafi, who was the only African leader to have a circle of female bodyguards, loved camel milk and drank it all the time, even though it caused painful digestion problems. He also enjoyed Italian food.
The former Zimbabwean leader’s favourite meal was cheesecakes, according to the late Morgan Tsvangirai who was reported to have said that they both shared this meal during tea.
After ruling the Southern African country for 37 years, 94-year-old Mugabe finally resigned on November 21, 2017. The Zimbabwe National Army instigated an overthrow of Mugabe’s regime by placing him under house arrest for the crimes committed by individuals in his circle.
He was given the ultimatum to either resign by November 20, 2017, or face impeachment. He subsequently chose the former. His retirement sparked nationwide jubilations as Zimbabweans celebrated the dawn of a new era.
Mobuto Sese Seko
The former military dictator and president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo did not joke with bottles of his favourite Taittinger champagne, which were permanently on ice, according to an article on the Independent.
Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga during his tenure from 1965 to 1997, was accused of ruling his country with brutality, corruption, and ruthlessness. Served initially as a soldier in the Belgian colonial army, he became a journalist and an active participant in politics.
After his return to the military, he became widely involved in the politics of the newly independent Democratic Republic of Congo. He subsequently launched a coup that began his 32-year reign of terror.
Zine El Abidine Ben-Ali
The former Tunisian dictator enjoyed his favourite brand of French ice cream to the extent that he would have it imported from Saint-Tropez, France on a regular basis.
Serving as President of Tunisia from 1987 until his ousting in 2011, Ben Ali ruled over Tunisia with an iron grip. He fled to Jeddah in 2011 with his second wife Leila Trabelis and children after a wave of popular protests which inspired the Arab Spring revolts.
Since his escape, Ben Ali and his wife have been convicted in absentia in several cases by Tunisian courts, mostly for corruption.
He was also sentenced to life imprisonment for the crackdown on demonstrations during the 2011 revolution, in which 338 people were killed.