Uganda, which was admitted into the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government in Cairo in 1964, was led by Amin as Uganda's third president from 1971 to 1979.
“NAM countries also make mistakes like in Uganda. Then we had a man called Idi Amin,” he said at the NAM summit.
“In a very short period of time, he drove out our Asians, especially (people from) India and Pakistan,” Museveni said, adding: “They had a leader over a NAM country who was undermining his own economy.”
He said these Indian-origin people invested in sugar, hotels and steel production.
After being forced to leave Uganda, a large, wealthy community of Ugandan Asians was scattered across the globe, and many lost the businesses they had worked on for years.
The President lamented the missed opportunities for growth and development during this time.
President Museveni also welcomed the steps taken by the Ugandan government to address the problems caused by Amin.
When “we came into government, we returned the property of our Asian citizens and non-citizens that Amin had taken from them,” he said.
Since their return to the country in the 1980s and 1990s, Asians from the Indian subcontinent have once again become a mainstay of the country's economy.
“I asked people how many factories our Indian returnees have built. They told me about the 900 factories they had built since their return.”
During the summit, he appreciated India's role in the formation of the NAM.
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