• Short Summary

    Many of the Asian-owned shops in the central business area of Kampala have been closed as their owners make final arrangements to leave Uganda under President Idi Amin's expulsion order.

  • Description

    Many of the Asian-owned shops in the central business area of Kampala have been closed as their owners make final arrangements to leave Uganda under President Idi Amin's expulsion order.

    Long queues have formed outside the British High Commission as Asians apply for entry permits to Britain. Many of those who queued outside the Commission building on Tuesday (26 September) had waited since dawn.

    In London, two former leaders of the Asian community in Uganda complained that the High Commission staff were "dragging their feet" over the processing of Asians. They said the High Commission was open for only five hours a day, while Ugandan authorities were working seven days a week to clear Asians for departure.

    British officials pointed out that more than thirteen thousand Asians had been processed and entry permits were being issued at the rate of 1,500 a day.

    A senior Government official is to be sent to Kampala as resident representative of the Uganda Resettlement Board to help speed up the departure of Asians.

    SYNOPSIS: Shops in the center of Kampala lie empty and shuttered as their Asian owners prepare to leave Uganda.

    The closed shops are an outward sign of the changes brought to the Ugandan economy by the expulsion of up to fifty thousand Asians who formed the bulk of the country's merchants.

    Long queues have formed outside the British High Commission in Kamapala as Asians apply for entry permits to Britain. Many of the people in this queue on Tuesday had waited since dawn. The High Commission has now processed more than thirteen thousand Asians -- about half the number expected to enter Britain. Entry permits are being issued at the rate of up to fifteen hundred a day. Former leaders of the Asian community, however, have complained in London that the High Commission staff are "dragging their feet" over the processing of Asians. They told Foreign and commonwealth Office officials that the High Commission in Kampala was open for only five hours a day, while Ugandan authorities were working seven days a week to clear Asians for departure. Britain is to send a senior official to Kampala to speed up the issue of entry permits.

    Part of his job as resident representative of the Ugandan Resettlement Board will be to co-ordinate flights carrying the Asians from Uganda. After a slow start, the exodus of Asians is gathering momentum and families have been assembling in Kampala to take buses to Entebbe Airport. Under a new regulation to further speed up the exit of Asians, they must now buy air tickets as they are cleared for departure by the Bank of Uganda. The airlift is expected to build up over the next few days with about four aircraft a day landing Asian families at British airports.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2S96RZ6HCJQWHXVJTJ5Y2QZ0O
    Media URN:
    VLVA2S96RZ6HCJQWHXVJTJ5Y2QZ0O
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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