Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has promised the Indian community living in the country that their dream of becoming a tribe in Uganda could materialise.
Museveni made the remarks during a dinner celebrating the Hindu Festival of Lights or Diwali, at State House, Entebbe.
“On the issue of recognizing Indians as a tribe, government will work on it. We can use the example of the Nubians. These were soldiers from Egypt, Turkey and South Sudan. They came here and never went back. They are recognized as a tribe in our Constitution,” Museveni said.
Last year, members of Uganda’s Indian community, which dominates the country’s economy, demanded to be officially recognised as a tribe.
Indian Association of Uganda senior member Murtuza Dalal said the group was lobbying the Ugandan Government to follow the lead of neighbouring Kenya, which declared Indians an official tribe earlier this year.
“We hope now with the Kenyan example, the Government will look at it,” Mr Dalal said.
“We are in the process of putting in another submission to the Government.
“I think it will happen. Sooner or later, it will happen, because even the current Government in the country recognises the contribution of Indians.”
However, it appears their dream could materialize considering what the president said at the Diwali festival.