Uganda's Head of State General Idi Amin announced four days ago (on May 2) that his government would be retaining or acquiring a 49% interest in 18 companies in essential sectors of the economy.
GV Grindlay Bank building Kampala
GV INT. Bank employees at work (3 shots)
GV EXT. "Batarama" Dunlop shop on Main Street
GV EXT. Uganda Brewery
SV INT. Bottling operation in brewery
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Background: Uganda's Head of State General Idi Amin announced four days ago (on May 2) that his government would be retaining or acquiring a 49% interest in 18 companies in essential sectors of the economy. This is 11% lower than the controlling 60% interest that ex-President Milton Obote had announced last year. It will also affect less companies than the 80 which would have come under virtual nationalisation with the Obote plan.
The announcement by General Amin has been well received by most sectors of industry and economy and is reported to be a likely opening for the restart of foreign capital investment inflow into Uganda.
Our film, shot by Cameraman Siraj Wamala, shows some of the companies which come under the new plan. They are Grindlay's Bank, Dunlop's "Batarama" shop, and the Uganda Breweries.
General Amin said that this decision to take a smaller participation in a lesser number of concerns was " anew deal that ensures we bite off what we can chew". And, he added, Dr Obote's nationalisation measures had been "ill conceived" and had been made without even consulting his own Cabinet