Gulamhusein Alibhai Lakha

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Gulamhusein Alibhai Lakha

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Mohamed Kassim Lakha’s nephews, my uncles Abdulrasul and Gulamhussein (sons of Alibhai Kassim Lakha), were both actively engaged in public life.

My uncle Abdulrasul occupied various positions on commercial boards, including as chairman of the Kenya Cotton Association (1963–76), and vice-chairman of the Kenya Sisal Board from 1974 to 1978.81

His brother Gulamhussein was appointed by the governor of Kenya as a member of the Cotton Lint and Seed Marketing Board for a period of three years from 1 July 1961 to represent ginners in the Nyanza Province.82 He was also a member of parliament in Uganda for 11 years from 1960 onwards until Idi Amin deposed President Milton Obote in a coup in January 1971 and amended the constitution.

Since my uncle belonged to the Uganda People’s Congress which was the party of the country’s then president Milton Obote, my uncle’s life was under constant danger during the three months over which Asians were expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin in August 1972.83<block>

The Making of a Diasporic Muslim Family in East Africa-Salim Lakha-Location 209-260