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In 1964, a two-year period was announced for all non-citizens to become Kenyan citizens.To conserve Kenyan currency being sent abroad by Indians and others, the Exchange Control Act was passed in 1965. Since the Indians mostly held British passports, Britain was worried about their huge influx and decided to pass a bill by February 1968.Well over 130 people, including a number of the original immigrants who cam from across the UK, gathered together to mark not only the unveiling of the plaque but also to share their memories and experiences.Unfortunately, we could not have accommodated more people because the airport was functional and the space was limited to 100 people, though over 130 attended.In aborted coup by the Air Force, hundreds of Asian shops were looted and again some left the country. Madan was appointed as the Chief Justice in 1985 who had the courage to rule against President Moi in a case.Global terror came to Kenya in 1998 when the American embassy was bombed in Nairobi, killing hundreds.Everyone prospered and helped to build most urban towns.During the Mau Mau freedom violent struggle in the 1950s, the British rulers declared an Emergency.

This had a ripple effect in Kenya as some Kenya African openly supported Amin. President Kenyatta died in 1978 and his Vice President Daniel arap Moi took his reins.

We’re also pleased be the home of the commemorative plaque that remembers this special anniversary.” Jenny Kartupelis MBE, who has been Director of the commemorative programme, concluded the ceremony by thanking everyone who had made it possible and paying tribute to the vision and determination of Mr Patel and the Committee in planning the historic year that had recognised the achievements of so many people.

The year has been marked by a number of high-profile events, including debates in the Houses of Commons and Lords; thanksgiving services in different faith traditions; and other celebratory and legacy initiatives.

ARRIVAL OF BRITISH UGANDAN ASIANS CELEBRATED AT STANSTED AIRPORT Just over 41 years ago, Stansted Airport saw the arrival of a small group of Ugandan Asians expelled by Idi Amin, the first of some 28,500 to be welcomed to Britain.

At a celebration hosted by Stansted Airport on Friday 8 November, a permanent plaque in memory of the challenges and achievements of the diaspora was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, marking the end of a year of commemoration.


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