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Indian Association Pledges to Woo More Investors to Acholi Sub Region

According to Mohamed Nazuruheen Vaheed, the Indians consider Uganda their home and pledged to attract investors to Acholi since the region has restored peace and stability. He also revealed he will will support sports development especially like Badminton, Crickets and Football which he has been doing Soroti, Jinja and Kampala.
Representatives of Indian Association of Uganda after meeting Acholi Clan Chiefs in Gulu - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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The Indian Association of Uganda has pledged to woo more investors to the Acholi sub-region. Members of the Indian Association made the pledge during a strategic partnership meeting with some Acholi Clan Chiefs at the Acholi Chiefdom offices in Gulu.

Mohamed Nazuruheen Vaheed, the General Secretary of the Indian Association of Uganda led a delegation that held a meeting with some Acholi Clan Chiefs. The meeting was chaired by the Chiefdom's Prime Minister, Ambrose Olaa.

The Prime Minister presented to the guests a 15-point fundamental investment programme tailored for 10 years. They include Agriculture productivity and commercialization, general commodities, industrialization, real estates and construction Industry. Other areas include; services and employment; education, Health, Cultural tourism, printing and publishing, environment and water engineering Service, Artisan skills, cultural development and Sports among others.

Olaa told Uganda Radio Network - URN that Ker Kal Kwaro has entered into the partnership to help further rebuild Acholi sub-region which was devastated by the two-decade-long Lord’s Resistance Army- LRA rebellion against the government which affected the livelihoods of the community.

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According to Mohamed Nazuruheen Vaheed, the Indians consider Uganda their home and pledged to attract investors to Acholi since the region has restored peace and stability. He also revealed that he will support sports development especially like in particular disciplines like badminton, Cricket and football which he already supports in Soroti, Jinja and Kampala.

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The contribution of Indians to the economy of Uganda has been immensely significant as one of the key drivers of the country’s economic growth. Despite making up less than 1 per cent of Uganda’s population, Indians contribute up to 65 per cent of the country’s tax revenue.

In 1972, Iddi Amin Dada’s ruthless military regime ordered the expulsion of Indians from Uganda accusing them of ‘milking money’ from the country. However, the Indians returned to the country in the 1980s and 1990s making a population of approximately 30,000 people.

Under their association in Uganda, the Indians re-established themselves in the country and worked hard to build their relationship with African communities in Uganda through a cross range of charitable activities.