24 November, 2020

Coming Home To Africa

Thirty-nine years after Idi Amin, Indians are flocking to Uganda

Coming Home To Africa
Kampala Kronicle
  • Dictator Idi Amin ordered Asians, mainly Indians, out of the country in 1972
  • In the '80s, the Milton Obote government passed a legislation returning property to those who had left in 1972
  • Among the Indian returnees were a large number of businessmen who harnessed the new political climate to their advantage
  • Sudhir and Jyotsna Ruparelia started from a store selling beer in the '80s. Today their Meera Group owns banks, hotels, foreign exchange centres, insurance companies, etc.
  • Jyotsna is described as the most successful Asian businesswoman in Africa; Sudhir is universally known as the "money magnate"
  • Mayur Madhvani, filmstar Mumtaz's husband, has expanded his business across the world from Uganda
  • Business houses from India are moving into Uganda, as also those willing to take up jobs and run businesses


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