Uganda: When Amin effected his dream

Published: 11/Nov/2019
Source: New Vision (Kampala)

On November 12, 1972, former president Idi Amin Dada had a dream. And he moved on to effect the dream, 47 years ago.

While on a visit to Tororo, President Idi Amin announced the expulsion of Asians of British citizenship from Uganda and gave them 90 days to leave.

At the time, over 80,000 Asians were living in Uganda, 23,000 of whom had their applications for citizenship both processed and accepted.

The expulsion took place after President Amin accused a minority of the Asian population of disloyalty, non-integration, and commercial malpractice.


The return 

From 1986 when Yoweri Museveni assumed power, thousands of Gujaratis returned to Uganda, he had criticized his predecessor and asked the expelled Asian to return to the country, he also defended them for playing a lead role in Uganda’s social, economic and industrial development.

On November 7, 2019, during the Diwali at State House in Entebbe, President Museveni promised to include in the Constitution Indians as one of Uganda’s tribes.

Today, Indians are said to constitute about 1% of Uganda’s estimated 40 million populations, but pay 65% of the taxes, according to their association. This implies that the Indians control a big part of Uganda’s business sector.

Read full article:

Themes: Discrimination, Perte et déchéance de la nationalité, Ethnique/Raciale/Religieuse
Regions: Ouganda
Year: 2019