'Uganda can’t have another Amin'
Publish Date: Apr 10, 2008
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By Vision Reporter

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has assured Indian investors that Uganda cannot have another leader like Idi Amin.

Museveni, who is on a two-day state visit to India, was yesterday addressing potential investors at Napoleon 1 Le Meridion Hotel in New Delhi. He also met other business people at a meeting organised by Tilda, a Ugandan-based company, which took over Kibimba Rice Scheme.

The two meetings were aimed at showcasing Uganda’s economic potential to Indian investors.

At both meetings, businessmen testified how Asians were mistreated during Amin’s reign (1971-1979), including their expulsion in 1972.

Museveni assured them that the political situation, which brought Amin into power, could not arise again.

“I fought Amin and the regime that succeeded him. We have solved the political problems that brought him to power. Uganda will never have another president like Idi Amin,” the President told the business community.

Museveni listed food processing, infrastructure, the energy sector and mining as some of the lucrative business ventures in the country.

He cited the large deposits of phosphates as another area, which has not been exploited.

India’s minister of science and technology, Shri Kapil Sibal, said India was seeking equal partnership with Africa.

“India would use Africa’s raw materials within Africa and export finished goods.”
The President assured the Indian business community that Amin was more of a problem to black Ugandans than the Asians.

“Amin killed only three Ugandans of Indian extraction, but he killed 500,000 black Ugandans. You lost property but black Ugandans lost their lives and property.”

Museveni told the investors that Amin was a creation of the colonialists who preferred illiterates to educated officers in the army.

On behalf of Asians with business in Uganda, Vipul Thakar of Tilda told the meeting that his father fled Uganda during Amin’s time but was convinced to return and he was doing very well.

Another investor dealing in photographic materials reported to the President that a Ugandan businessman conned him and gave him bounced cheques.

Museveni said although the deal was not an official government transaction, the Uganda High Commission would investigate.

On security concerns over northern Uganda, Museveni said that the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony that terrorised the area was decisively defeated and had fled to the DR Congo.

“The area is peaceful and the peace is irreversible,” he stressed.

Museveni said through value added industries, Uganda would be able to access available markets in USA, Europe, China and India which opened its market to African goods. He said with the availability of jobs to the educated youth, the country would be able to reduce brain drain.

“Training without jobs is useless because after training they look for jobs elsewhere.”

Museveni on Wednesday also addressed another meeting organised by India’s business community under the FICCI organisation.

Museveni accompanied by his wife, Janet earlier in the week also attended a two-day India-Africa summit in New Delhi.

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