Museveni Blasts Amin’s Decision To Expel Indians


ampoule geneva; font-size: small;”>He pointed out that Indians are part of the Ugandan society and those who came to Uganda have had a symbiotic and complimentary relationship with the indigenous people. He emphasized that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) never wastes time in sectarian issues saying issues of religion are a private matter.

“Characters like Idi Amin disturbed this relationship. Without the disturbance Indians would have done more for the development of Uganda”, he noted.

The President was on Thursday evening speaking to members of the Indian Association of Uganda during the Diwali dinner that he hosted for them at State House, Entebbe.

Diwali, among the Asian Communities, which dates back to 5,000 years, is a festival in which all people of all age groups participate and give expression to their happiness by lighting lamps, decorating houses, bursting fireworks and inviting near and dear ones to their households for partaking in a sumptuous feast.

President Museveni noted that the historical role that the Indian society played in the country included the provision of retail services adding that their accumulated savings accruing from their entrepreneurial skills are needed to invest. He said Africans have progressed in entrepreneurship skills.

Mr Museveni urged the Indian community to concentrate on the enhancement of the manufacturing sector with particular emphasis on value addition to agro- products.

The Chairman of the Indian Association Uganda, Mr. Rajesh Chaplot paid tribute to the President for the enabling working environment, for the freedom to practice their religion and for hosting the first Diwali dinner in State House.

He further reported that the community has sponsored 20 Ugandan children for heart surgery in India adding that plans are underway to sponsor 200 needy Ugandan students in their education.


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