“Was Idi Amin really bad when he chased the Asians out of Uganda?” – I disagree with this article …everything is wrong here!
Posted by African Press International on December 18, 2011
By fazale laxmidhar:
“My grandfather who came to Uganda to call it home in 1800th., used to tell us, some Ugandan races, used to kill one another and were man-eaters. This frightened many Asian from settling in Uganda. It is in Ugandan history that some tribes were man-eaters and there wer no laws to protect anybody from being eaten by their fellow Ugandan.”
I disagree with API when they come up with a story attacking Asians in this way, and making them look like they enslaved the black Ugandans. I find this writing not relevant to the situation during Idi Amin’s time.
Either this writer was not born during that time or never understood the facts of situation during that time. He is very wrong to write this article, being bias to only, few interviewed people, he calls them Slaves of Asians.
I am reacting to this story below:
I wonder how many, chased Asians ( who were Ugandan born Citizens), API interviewed, before writing this article. It’s all wrong and with a one-sided conclusion of the writer’s perceptions. I also wonder whom he is trying to please by putting others down without knowing facts or reading History of the country.
He may have never learnt about the class system in Human races and this is a law on Nature. There are poor people, middle class and rich or Elite. You cannot generalise all as the same because they all behave differently in their surroundings.
I wonder how many Elite Ugandans sit down with their poor beggars and share same food together even in today’s Ugandans. I may even wonder if they also practise same class system with them.
This should answer your writing that among black Ugandans, there are people who are first class, we call the rich or Elite, or go by their tribes and third class Ugandans who may be beggar’s class like you mentioned, of those in India.
You also need to know any Indian or as you call them Asians, who were in Uganda all were different kind of Asians, they were very much Ugandans than Indians. They were in Uganda before you were born.
They were business class from 1800 and on, not like the chinese who are coming in the country now.
And if we talk about the 1800th., the Ugandans were also believing in class systems, there were kings of different regions and some were just ordinary followers. I could say third class citizens, but black Ugandans as well just like their Kings.
My grandfather who came to Uganda to call it home in 1800th., used to tell us, some Ugandan races, used to kill one another and were man-eaters. This frightened many Asian from settling in Uganda. It is in Ugandan history that some tribes were man-eaters and there wer no laws to protect anybody from being eaten by their fellow Ugandan.
One thing you need to understand is that Asians who lived in Uganda were just feeling as Ugandan as any Ugandan today, Even today I hold a citizenship of another country, my new country’s passport says I was Ugandan born.
You need to tell me how I can ever change this. I also have Ugandan Birth certificate to prove that.
Now lets talk about Idi Amin. May be he was as smart as you are who has this article published: How can any body throw Ugandans out of country? You have to believe in a dream. Why don’t you right about his dream?
Yes, Ugandan Asians practised class system in their on way. Some were upper class and some were middle class and lower class among themselves. Also some practised by their religious beliefs and wealth. However, they were there
for many years, some into their third generation - born there, they should not be compared with any other Asians, they were Ugandans first. If some of them have decided to come back to Uganda it a good fortune for the country that they still strongly believe in because they were born there, and may be an asset to country.
Uganda economically does not have much to offer to a wise businessman. A wise Businessman can do better in any other country given the same environment and I can assure you that being a third generation Ugandans I know, some are far better in their new settlements and have done much better than what their parents did in Uganda, economically.
This is not, because they are Ugandans, but they were properly nurtured as good business people from Uganda, and they have proved to their new country, how well nurtured they are ,after being thrown out, without any reason and due to a dream of a “so-called wise-man” Idi Amin.
In your article you write: “A big problem is the fact that the Asian community in Africa stick to themselves and even in marriage because as Amin said, they are not ready to be integrated with the Africans.”
I say that nobody has any rights over other person’s beliefs. The above statement is true, in its belief, you need to know that among Asians, also there is class system, they just don’t marry each other without knowing the class. Example: Muslim Asian may not marry Hindu Asian, even if they look the same in color. Upper class Asian will not marry a lower class Asian. You are Educated, you must have read it before.
As you continue in your article, you also write: “They should be welcomed as long as they understand that the black Ugandan is no longer going to be their slave.”
You need to read history before publishing. In no country do I see slaves, you are degrading yourself with this statement.
Yes, if you have somebody working for you at a lower salary, levelled to their experience, you call him slave labour?. You need to know that every job position has its rate of earnings, If a Black Ugandan Elite hires any help for himself, does he pay him any different from any Asian? How come you think any different of Asian engaging in slave trade.
Normally people move to, where they get better pay. I am sure, if you were working in western country, doing the same writing job, you would be, earning much more than what you make now, does that mean you are slaving yourself now or that’s, just what your work can pay where you are.
I am saddened by your writing, about the Asians of Uganda. To you it looks like they were just recent immigrants like the chinese people. People like me were Ugandan born, I should have same rights you have under International law. They were just not somebody, Idi Amin threw them away at gun- point, from country they were born and had citizenship. I had a gun on my head to sign some papers – it was a machine gun. I had no idea what I was signing then, but I just was told to sign it. Most of the Asian Ugandans did this. Why don’t you find out and right about it.
Stop insulting them by calling them Asians. Yes they were brown Ugandans, just like Buganda, Busoga, Toro people, Langi and so on…
My last word of advice to you is ….Please Do not insult your own citizens, you are being racist.
A photograph of people from 1945, and my grandfather is in that picture sitting in front raw with the King of Busoga, Mr W W k Wilberforce Nadiope, who was a family friend, and always had visited us, when in town, he was welcome to my mother’s cooking which he loved and always honoured with great respect.