In Uganda, the allocation of property left behind by expelled Asians continued at the weekend (February 17) with a sale of abandoned cars.
GV PAN People walk through auction site
Army official talking to prospective buyers
SV People examine cars and trucks in action (3 shots)
GV Army auctioneer taking bids
GV PAN Bidders
GV Crowd (2 shots)
CARS AND CROWDS ON AIRFIELD: BUYERS EXAMINING VEHICLES: VARIOUS SHOTS OF AUCTIONEER AND CROWDS.
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Background: In Uganda, the allocation of property left behind by expelled Asians continued at the weekend (February 17) with a sale of abandoned cars.
On the orders of President Idi Amin, soldiers had been given the first option to buy the vehicles left behind by Asians. On Saturday, the vehicles remaining came up for sale to the general public.
The auction was conducted by a Uganda Army Captain at Naguru Airstrip, Kampala. Money from the sale is to be placed in special accounts so that the former Asian owners can be reimbursed.
SYNOPSIS: The cars and trucks scattered over the perimeter of Naguru Airstrip, Kampala, at the weekend had been left behind by the non-citizen Asians expelled from the country least year. All vehicles were to be auctioned--the latest means of allocating Asian property authorised by President Idi Amin. The President had also ordered that soldiers should have the first pick of vehicles at a sale the previous week. But though several hundred had been sold, there was still plenty to interest the bargain hunters at Naguru Airfield.
A Uganda Army Captain acted as auctioneer on this occasion.
The authorities say that money from the sale of vehicles will be placed in special accounts for eventual repayment to their former Asian owners. Cars and trucks had been gathered to Kampala from all over the country. The auction follows the allocation former Asian businesses to new African owners in Uganda.