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Exclusive interview with Uganda's president

Businesses in the East Midlands are being urged to invest in Uganda, a country which ordered tens of thousands of Asians to leave more than 40 years ago.

Potential investors met with President Yoweri Museveni last night who said the country was safe, stable and prosperous. In an exclusive interview with our reporter Rajiv Popat, the President said there was no chance of history repeating itself.


  1. Rajiv Popat

Part 5: Ugandan Asians, 40 years on

All this week, we've featured Asians who were forced to leave Uganda forty years ago. They left behind their personal possessions and in some cases, their loved ones, on the orders of dictator Idi Amin. Many ended up settling in Leicester

Central Tonight's Rajiv Popat has been filming in Uganda - a visit close to his heart because his parents fled the country at the time of the turmoil. In his final report he returns for the first time, to the town where he was born.

  1. Rajiv Popat

Part 4: Ugandan Asians, 40 years on

His regime was violent and murderous. President Idi Amin was notorious for his human rights violations. Forty years ago, he ordered Asians to leave Uganda.

Many of those who were forced to leave ended up in Leicester. Central Tonight's Rajiv Popat has travelled to the East African country to meet those who knew the dictator well, and saw for themselves just how brutal he was.


Exiled Asians prosper in Uganda

The Madhvani family settled in Uganda around a 100 years ago. They established a number of businesses and employed thousands of people who worked at their sugar cane plantations.

Like tens of thousands of people, they too were forced to leave the country by Idi Amin.

In the eighties, they returned to reclaim their properties. Today, they are the leading sugar producers of Uganda and employ more than 10,000 people.

Central Tonight's Rajiv Popat has been speaking to Mayur Madhvani about that period and why Uganda is a country worth investing in.

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