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Amin’s Son: Why My Father Expelled Asians from Uganda

Field Marshal President Idi Amin is welcomed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for an Africa Heads of State Summit

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This he mentioned last week during a workshop on EAC regional health projects and programs for health sector stakeholders, line Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

Held in Nairobi, the the five-day dissemination workshop was organized by the East African Community Secretariat in collaboration with Kenya’s State Department of East African Affairs and the Ministry of Health.

Addressing the participants, the Principal Secretary, revealed that Kenya continues to register enormous benefits in the EAC integration process as witnessed by the high number of foreign direct investments and increased revenue from the intra-regional trade, greater trade in the services sector.

The Principal Secretary, who was representing his Cabinet Secretary at the official opening of the dissemination workshop, said at the cross border levels, the harmonized internal tariffs and simplified identification procedures had resulted in an increase in informal cross border trade, which give the much needed income at the grassroots especially for women.

Speaking at the same occasion, Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Health, Dr. Khadijah Kassachoon reiterated that diseases had the capability to transcend beyond the scope of any one community, one county or one country and therefore the need to develop a common approach to mitigate common health risks to the region.

The Health Principal Secretary disclosed that Health Professionals Boards and Councils from all the EAC Partner States were working on harmonizing training curriculum, admission criteria and schemes of service for the different health professions, which will enable highly skilled population to cross the borders seeking employment and remitting funds back home.

At the same occasion, Hon. James Mwangi Gakuya, MP, and Member of the National Assembly Committee on Health said the establishment of the EAC Treaty was through a resolution of the National Assemblies, which was a clear demonstration of the commitment of the legislature to ensure its implementation is undertaken to the letter.

He said the East African people viewed the signing of the Treaty as a new beginning, a reformed agenda and a new region for one people with one destiny.

“At the time of its signing, the Treaty was a beacon of hope for the people and a liberator of sorts,” noted Hon. Gakuya.

He pledged support in whatever manner in ensuring that it is achieved and that the recommendations that are likely to follow, be it policy, legislative or administrative are to the best interest of the East African people.

The Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Jesca Eriyo, who represented the EAC Secretary General, disclosed that the global Total Health Expenditure (THE) per capita in 2013 was $1,038 compared to $8,400 in the United States of America, $21 in Burundi, $45 in Kenya, $71 in Rwanda, $49 in the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) and $59 in Uganda.
Idi Amin’s decision to expel Indians from Uganda on grounds of protecting the economy turned out as a blessing in disguise for the foreign businessmen in the country, sildenafil http://ciudad-deporte.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php the fallen dictator’s son has revealed.

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Lumumba said this was signed and its implementation started before Amin took action.

“Naturally, as Indians controlled 98 percent of business and industries, they were now dismantling the entire Ugandan economy and sending everything to the UK as they prepared to leave,” said Lumumba.

“That is what Amin stopped. By asking them to leave immediately rather than progressively which would have had more disastrous long-term consequences for Ugandans had they taken the economy with them.”

The latest revelations could touch off a huge public debate on events that preceded the forceful repatriation of Indians by Idi Amin.

On 4 August 1972, then President of Uganda, Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of his country’s Asian minority, giving them 90 days to leave Uganda.

Amin said he had a dream in which God told him to order the expulsion.

Whatever the case, Amin defended this expulsion by arguing that he was giving Uganda back to the ethnic Ugandans:

“We are determined to make the ordinary Ugandan master of his own destiny, and above all to see that he enjoys the wealth of his country,” said Amin.

“Our deliberate policy is to transfer the economic control of Uganda into the hands of Ugandans, for the first time in our country’s history.”

South Asians had significant influence on the economy, constituting 1 percent of the population while receiving a fifth of the national income.

Gated ethnic communities served elite healthcare and schooling services. Additionally, the tariff system in Uganda had historically been oriented toward the economic interests of South Asian traders.

The Ugandan leader’s actions saw the economy disintegrate, with majority of Ugandans struggling to access household essentials such as sugar and medicine.

Many of the Indians were citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies and subsequently emigrated to the United Kingdom.

Others became stateless after being stripped of Ugandan citizenship. Most of the Ugandan Indian refugees who were accounted for went to Britain, which took around 27,200 refugees.

6,000 refugees went to Canada, 4,500 refugees ended up in India and 2,500 refugees went to nearby Kenya.

Malawi, Pakistan, West Germany and the United States took 1,000 refugees each, with smaller numbers emigrating to Australia, Austria, Sweden, Mauritius and New Zealand.

About 20,000 refugees were unaccounted for.

Economic foresight

In a brief statement on Monday, Lumumba said this was “economic foresight” by his father.

“It was decisive leadership and tough patriotism to quash the looming total economic collapse for Uganda. Imagine if he hadn’t intervened and the whole economy was shipped to the UK. That is what was happening,” said Lumumba.

“And those who say that we should have remained in the segregative Indian economy are comparable to anyone today telling South Africa to go back to apartheid because the whites were better businessmen,” he added.

“Yet they did try it though in Uganda, but it isn’t a popular decision to take even today. And trust me when I say that Ugandans won’t forget anyone who tries to take them back to the Indians-led economy in Uganda. It was simply an unfair system. 98 percent of the economy controlled by 80,000 Indians? That is inequality. However the future looks better for all who now choose to live in Uganda.”

Hansard

According to the UK Parliament Hansard, the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie) said in a plenary session on August 7, 1972 that London was in touch with Kampala on repatriation of Indians.

“Well, my Lords, we did in fact have an arrangement with the Uganda Government in May of last year whereby we doubled the quota of vouchers to those who could come in, as well as giving a special allocation of 1,500 vouchers, and it was agreed that this would be observed,” said Tweedsmuir.

“So far as we are concerned, this arrangement of an orderly entry into this country is still the one in existence.”

Lumumba said there was a major, under-diagnosed socio-economic problem back then which Amin helped solve for his country.

“When they left Uganda, the Indians benefitted beyond their own belief when they became Europeans. Something they craved for dearly but will never admit publicly. It was a blessing in disguise they say themselves.”

Lumumba further pointed out that Britain did everything in their capacity to punish his father for his “patriotism towards his country, yet the Indians relocation was a decision Britain was already on with.”

He said he could not remember anyone being that relentless in demonizing one individual as Britain has been towards Idi Amin.

Lumumba accused Britain of intentionally breeding envy, ridicule and hatred that in the end would lead to the decades-long civil war that followed in Uganda, with up to 2 million civilians dead.

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