Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I wrote none of the information below and as you can see, I provide the links to the original writers.  Uganda is getting set up for another show down.  Those who forget history make a big mistake.  Those who ignore history will fall into the same trap as their ancestors.  I would tread very carefully investing in Uganda at the moment and most especially when the land and other property is being taken away from Ugandans to give it to you, usually freely or at a minimal price.  Read and you will know what happened in the past.  You should know that many Ugandans are now praising Idi Amin.  That is a sign for you.

1972: Asians given 90 days to leave Uganda
The Ugandan leader, Idi Amin, has set a deadline for the expulsion of most of the country's Asians.
General Amin said all Asians who are not Ugandan citizens - around 60,000 - must leave Uganda within 90 days.
The military ruler's latest statement amended his original expulsion order two days ago when he said all the country's 80,000 Asians had to go.
Asians, who are the backbone of the Ugandan economy, have been living in the country for more than a century.
But resentment against them has been building up within Uganda's black majority.
Expulsion surprises Britain
General Amin has called the Asians "bloodsuckers" and accused them of milking the economy of its wealth.
Up to 50,000 Asians in the former UK colony are British passport holders.
In a broadcast, General Amin said he would be summoning the British High Commissioner in Kampala to ask him to arrange for their removal.
The expulsion order has taken Britain by surprise.
General Amin overthrew Uganda's elected leader in a military-backed coup last year but the British authorities had regarded him as a man they could work with.
Currently around 1,000 Asians from Uganda settle in the UK each year under an enlarged quota allocation introduced last year.
But a growing number have been attempting to circumvent the system and enter Britain illegally.
Right-wing MPs have warned that letting more Ugandan Asians into the UK could raise racial tensions.
They are urging the government not to take them in.
Conservative MP Ronald Bell said Uganda's Asians had no real links to Britain.
Speaking on behalf of the Monday Club's Immigration Committee, Mr Bell said: "They were either born in India or have retained close connection with India.
"They have no connection with Britain either by blood or residence."

Agnes Asiimwe looks back at Uganda’s expulsion of its Asian community 40 years ago, under Idi Amin’s government. Brutal as the expulsion was, one beneficiary of the expropriated Asian properties, says: “I don’t think we shall get another Ugandan with Amin’s kind of nationalism.”
Idi Amin, the former president of Uganda, had a dream in August 1972. “I have dreamt,” he told a gathering in Karamoja, northeastern Uganda, “that unless I take action, our economy will be taken over. The people who are not Ugandans should leave.”
He left Karamoja by helicopter and stopped at the Tororo airstrip in eastern Uganda. He had sent word that he wanted to address the army. There, he announced the dream again to a hurriedly organised parade by the Rubongi military unit. Some Asians were thrown into a panic. Others thought Amin was bluffing.
P. K. Kuruvilla had just bought a building in Kimathi Avenue in downtown Kampala, the capital. It was a home for his insurance company, United Assurance. He says: “We invested all the money into buying the building. We took a loan from the bank, I had a house in Kololo and I mortgaged it to raise money for the building.”
Then President Amin announced the expulsion. “I thought he was not serious,” says Kuruvilla. “I had put all my money plus a loan into the United Assurance property. We had confidence that we were going into a new era.”
But Idi Amin meant every word. Ugandan-Asians had to leave in 90 days. Kuruvilla first sent off his family and lingered around just in case Amin changed his mind. But Amin’s “economic war” was real.
The Asians had to make arrangements and hand over their business interests to their nominees. The arrangement among most Asian families was that one would be a Ugandan, another Indian, another British. So the non-Ugandans transferred their businesses to the Ugandans.
The British High Commission became a camp. Many of those with Indian passports wanted to go to the UK. The three months’ deadline was fast approaching.
Meanwhile many Ugandans celebrated and lined the streets daily to chant, “Go home Bangladeshi! Go home Bangladeshi!”
Colonial Uganda had strongly favoured Asians. Many arrived with the British colonialists to do clerical work or semi-skilled manual labour in farming and construction. They had a salary, which became the capital to start businesses.
Aspiring Ugandan entrepreneurs on the other hand faced many odds. The British colonial government forbade Africans to gin and market cotton. In 1932 when the Uganda Cotton Society tried to obtain high prices by ginning and marketing its own cotton and “eliminate the Indian middleman,” it was not allowed.
The banks – Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, and Standard Bank of South Africa – did not lend to many Africans. As such, the Africans could not participate in wholesale trade because the colonial government issued wholesale licenses only to traders with permanent buildings of stone or concrete. Very few African traders had such buildings. It was clear that the colonial wanted native Ugandans to remain hewers of wood and drawers of water.
By 1959, when a trade boycott of all foreign-owned stores was pronounced by Augustine Kamya of the Uganda National Movement, Africans handled less than 10% of national trade. Ambassador Paul Etiang served as Amin’s minister for five years. He was the permanent secretary at the ministry of foreign affairs in 1972. In an interview with New African, he explained that the expulsion came about partly because of the racial segregation inherited from Uganda’s past.
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Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
For God and My Country

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