Mr M N Mehta
Mahendra Nanji Mehta was born in Porbandar on 20 March 1932, the youngest son of the late Nanji Kalidas Mehta, the founder of the Mehta Group. Starting at the age of 19, he grew the business which today comprises a sugar factory, distillery which produces ENA(Extra Neutral Alcohol) and a food grade carbon dioxide plant, under Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited, a cable and engineering unit (Cable Corporation Limited), an insurance company (Transafrica Assurance Limited) and a general trading company (Transafrica Commerce limited) employing around 7,000 people who are provided with free housing, electricity, and one cooked meal every day.
In 1962, he was elected a Member of Parliament and appointed Member of the Planning Commission in Uganda, apart from being conferred the Head of State Commendation (HSC) of the Republic of Kenya. Also known for the welfare programs he has started, Mr Mehta is credited with building thirteen primary schools, three nursery schools and a secondary school in and around Lugazi that is open to all citizens. Moreover, the Group operates a sixty bed hospital that provides free medical care to employees and their families.
Mr. Mehta now lives and spends most of his time in Uganda.