President Amin of Uganda has assured the Asian community in his country that all legal citizenship certificates they hold will be recognised by his government.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): AMIN:
"My Government will respect all citizenship certificates which were properly issued before the 25th January 1971. However, with respect to such certificates as were illegally obtained, these will not be respected and will be cancelled in accordance with the provisions of the law. Concerning old applications for citizenship which were outstanding as on the 25th January 1971, my Government does not consider itself in any way bound to process such applications and regards them as having been automatically cancelled by lapse of time. Some of them had been outstanding for as many as seven to eight years.
"For the future all those who are interested in obtaining Uganda citizenship will have to make fresh applications, and these will be processed in accordance with new qualifications which my Government is in the process of formulating and which will be announced in due course."
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Background: President Amin of Uganda has assured the Asian community in his country that all legal citizenship certificates they hold will be recognised by his government.
However, he warned that any certificates obtained illegally would not be accepted.
General Amin was speaking in Kampala on Wednesday (December 8) at the closing of a two-day meeting which brought together representatives of all Asian communities in Uganda following criticism of their attitude to the country's affairs.