Pukaar News – Leicester

Uganda: 40 years on

A team of journalists from Leicester travelled to Uganda to film a documentary about the country’s present state.

 

The documentary, shot by Pukaar News, looks at individuals who were forced to leave Uganda when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Asians 40 years ago, but have since returned and made millions.

 

Pukaar News Managing Editor Romail Gulzar said: “While everyone is focusing on the Asians who made a new life for themselves in the UK, we thought it would be interesting to look at the people who went back.

 

“This year is also the 50th anniversary of Ugandan independence and we wanted to look at the state of the country itself. We even shot some footage of the wildlife  and that was a great experience.”

 

Prominent businessmen featured in the documentary include Mayur Madhvani of The MadhvaniGroup of Companies and Sudhir Ruparelia of the Ruparelia Group.

 

During their time in the country, the crew were also shadowing a Leicester-based businessman and television journalist, who left Uganda when he was only two years old. The team were invited as guests of the Ugandan President’s brother,  Rtd. Gen Salim Saleh, who was also happy to be interviewed for the documentary.

 

Mr Gulzar was shocked by conditions in some of the poverty-stricken areas and as a result will be returning to the country in March 2013 along with a small team, to carry out some volunteer work.

 

The documentary will go online in the coming few weeks.

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