Before I start, let me say a few things about myself. I was born in Uganda in the town of Busolwe in Butaleja District, and brought up in the town of Tororo. I fondly remember my early years there; it was — and is — a country of great beauty. It was a country with friendly communities and a great sense of optimism.
Sadly, my time there was cut short by the rise of Idi Amin, and I left the country for the UK at the age of 17, with just £10 in my pocket. I will forever be grateful to the United Kingdom for offering me and 28 thousand of my fellow Ugandan Asians a warm-welcome and a home.
But, it wasn’t just a home; Britain gave us opportunities. The UK allows anyone, with a good idea and determination, the chance to succeed; to run their own business or excel in their chosen profession, irrespective of background, gender or race. You are protected by the rule of law, and empowered by the safety net that democracy provides.
Read more at http://www.ugandanconventionuk.org/2014/09/25/speech-delivered-to-the-4th-ugandan-convention-by-lord-popat-minister-of-her-majestys-united-kingdom-government/