Ugandan Asians 40 Years On

Forty years ago, President Idi Amin made an announcement which shocked the world.

He forced tens of thousands of Asians to leave Uganda. Central News' Rajiv Popat travelled to Uganda to see the effect it had on Ugandan Asians and the country.

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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.


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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.

The Richard Branson of Uganda

Sudhir Ruparelia is described as the Richard Branson of Uganda. He left the country at age of the 16 when the dictator Idi Amin ordered Asians to leave. He told Central Tonight's Rajiv Popat that the expulsion deeply affected his family.

Since his return, Mr Ruparelia has varied business interests and employs more than six thousand people.


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Part 3: Ugandan Asians, 40 years on

The expulsion of Asians from Uganda forty years ago was a traumatic time for thousands of people. Many have settled in the Midands and would never dream of going back.

But some decided to accept an offer to return and to reclaim their properties. Central Tonight's Rajiv Popat travelled to Uganda where he met businessmnn who told him they've no regrets.

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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Part 2: Ugandan Asians, 40 years on

It is incredible to think that forty-years-ago, a local authority placed an advert in a Ugandan newspaper warning Asians not to move to Leicester. It said local services were already stretched.

This happened at a time when Asians in Uganda were being forced to leave the country by the dictator Idi Amin.

But they defied the warnings from the council. And as Rajiv Popat reports, they arrived penniless and overcame intense hostility to make their mark in Britain.

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