Before the expulsion, Asians owned many large
businesses in Uganda but the purge of Asians from
Uganda’s economy was virtually total.
some 5,655 firms, ranches, farms, and agricultural
estates were reallocated, along with cars, homes and
other household goods.
For political reasons, most businesses around
5,500, were reallocated to individuals, with 176
going to government bodies, 33 to semi-state
organisations and 2 going to charities.
Most of the Ugandan Indians refugees went to
Britain, which took around 27,200 refugees.
The Gujaratis mostly settled in Leicester. The
second highest number over 6,000, mostly Ismailis,
went to Canada.
They have done well in Vancouver, Toronto and
So Amin wrote a formal letter to the Canadian
Prime Minister explaining in diplomatic language why
he expelled the Indians and ended the three-page
letter by asking for his help!
The letter is due to be published by Dr. Vali
Jamal in his forthcoming book, UGANDA ASIANS:
Then and Now, Here and There.
Amin does not mention about his divine insight to
get rid of Indians but gives economic reasons for
Comments Dr. Jamal, "He was not the buffoon
people tried to make out once he repudiated their
"Foreign Minister Wanume Kibedi quite likely
drafted this letter."
About 4,500 Indians settled in India and 2,500
went to neighbouring Kenya.