Obote with late Indira Gandhi.As a matter of fact, Dr. Obote RIP was visiting India, when his strong man Brig. Oyite Ojok, was killed in a Helicopter crash. By then, David Oyite Ojok was a major general not brigadier.His party was also called congress and Indira Gandhi gave him alot of material supprt.In 1980,the party got alot of textiles from indi which it used during the campaigns! am surprised that even Obote before he was overthrown was trying to do some thing about the Asian “problem” and yet he was friends with the Indian congress party!!!!!
The Uganda Asian problems was not an Indian problem.The Asians were brought to Uganda by the British
through the aegis of the IBEA Company as coolies to work on the Railways.When they reached Uganda,these Asians saw themselves as British subjects.Infact most of them had cut off their relations with India.
Now after Independence,the workforce in Uganda was to be representative of the Ugandan population.The British-Asians like all non indigenous Ugandan African were asked to take up Ugandan citizenship.A good number of them did,others opted to remain British-Asians and held on to their British passports. When the nationalization program started,that is when their orderly repatriation to other British commonwealth countries began.This was around 1968. However when Idi Amin came,he decided to have a precipititious exodus and caused a lot of problems for the British government. Infact the majority of those British-Asians from Uganda were resettled in Canada.They still proudly call themselves Ugandans. As regards to Obote and Indira’ party having contacts,it is more based on the ideology of the two parties. So,you can see why UPC and Congress I in India remained friends.
Lt Idi Amin receives the sword of honour from the former G.O.C. E.A. Command, Maj Gen. Sir Nigel Tapp at his effendi’s passing out parade. Notice how slim this gentleman was in December 1961.
3.Idi Amin’s Save Britain Fund