Since their arrival in Britain, the thousands of people forced to leave Uganda, with no more than £50 and one suitcase of belongings, have made lifelong friendships with those who welcomed them to their towns and homes in a dark hour.’ The Trust also received a special message from the Prime Minister David Cameron, who said: ‘The British Uganda Asian community has made an enormous contribution to our society and offers us a wealth of examples of hard work and charity, yielding real success and lasting achievement.
Lord Petre stressed that the government’s obligation to take the refugees was fulfilled. Praful Patel, Chair of the India Overseas Trust that has organised the year-long activities, welcomed Lord Petre’s tribute and added: ‘This occasion is a major event for the British Asian community and for Indo-British relations.
Well over 130 people, including a number of the original immigrants who cam from across the UK, gathered together to mark not only the unveiling of the plaque but also to share their memories and experiences.
Unfortunately, we could not have accommodated more people because the airport was functional and the space was limited to 100 people, though over 130 attended.
In 1972, Idi Amin surfaced in Uganda and ordered all Asians to leave.
This had a ripple effect in Kenya as some Kenya African openly supported Amin. President Kenyatta died in 1978 and his Vice President Daniel arap Moi took his reins.
Veteran Kenyans Kenya Indians Hail Kenya's 50 Independence Anniversary By Kul Bhushan, 12 December 2013.
It's been a tempestuous half a century for Kenya Indians as the nation celebrates her 50 anniversary of independence on 12 December.In 1964, a two-year period was announced for all non-citizens to become Kenyan citizens.To conserve Kenyan currency being sent abroad by Indians and others, the Exchange Control Act was passed in 1965. Since the Indians mostly held British passports, Britain was worried about their huge influx and decided to pass a bill by February 1968.Kenya's political developments have directly affected the Indians called Asians.They have always worried about their future in Kenya, worked hard as they prospered.A year later, Kenyatta warned Non Africans to become citizens or leave the country. This triggered the Asian Exodus of thousands from Kenya who wanted to beat the deadline.