President Museveni presides over West Nile 100 years, assures Indians Uganda is their home on April 22, 2014

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

President Yoweri Museveni has warned the public against teasing Indians because Uganda is their home too.

Mr Museveni made the remarks at Mr. Altaf Lalani and Ms Skivinder Kaur's wedding reception after presiding over West Nile 100 years in Arua district.

The President congratulated Ms. Skivinder (Mr. Katongole Singh's sister) for respecting “family” which he said is the foundation of society.

“There are forces in the world trying to convince us that the family is not crucial. We don't accept that and we stand with the family.”

He added: “It is, therefore, a happy moment for me to come here and support Katongole Singh when he is giving away his sister.”

He gave the bride ten cows (Inot physically in order not to bother the occasion).

Mr Museveni assured Indian tribes who live in Uganda that not to be teased by “these blacks” because Uganda “is your home”.

"Idi Amin was wrong theoretically, philosophically, technically and historically to have told you that you are not Ugandans, you go away,” President Museveni clarified.

He emphasised that the African population developed from migrant populations. 

“There were 5 clans originally from Buganda. Our people here know. 12 clans came from Mt. Elgon. That is the same story in the whole of Africa. There is, for instance, a tribe in Kenya and Tanzania called Suba.”

He cited an example of a tribe in Kenya and Tanzania called Abasuba who are Baganda to explain the links that bind humanity.

“Those people are Baganda. There was a succession war in Buganda. The losers ran to Kenya. In Luganda they are called 'Abasubwa'. In Kenya and Tanzania, they are called Suba. So, that is the history of Africa.”

He argued that when the Indians came here to do business, started living here and had children here, Uganda became their home.

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

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

Indians were stereotyped as "only traders" and "inbred" to their profession.

Amin used this propaganda to justify a campaign of “de-Indianization”, eventually resulting in the expulsion and ethnic cleansing of Uganda's Indian minority.

This expulsion of an ethnic minority was not the first in Uganda's history, the country's Kenyan minority having been expelled in 1969.

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