Saturday, 18 February 2017

ABOUT KAMPALA: FACTS ABOUT UGANDA


FACTS ABOUT UGANDA: KAMPALA CITY
Things you got to know about Kampala - the capital city of Uganda:

HISTORY OF KAMPALA CITY:
Before the arrival of the British colonialists, the Kabaka of Buganda had chosen the zone that would become Kampala as a hunting reserve. The area composed of rolling hills with grassy wetlands in the valleys, which was a home to several species of antelope, particularly impala. When the British arrived, they called it "Hills of the Impala". The language of the Buganda “Luganda” adopted many English words because of their interactions with the British.
The Buganda translated "Hill of the Impala" as Akasozi ke'Empala - "akasozi" meaning "hill", "ke" meaning "of", and "empala" the plural of "impala". In Luganda, the words "ka'mpala" means "that is of the impala", in reference to a hill, and the single word "Kampala" was adopted as the name for the city that grew out of the Kabaka's hills.

Kabaka's monument outside "amasengere", Buganda's headquaters

The city grew as the capital of the Buganda kingdom, from which several buildings survive, including the Kasubi Tombs (built in 1881), the Lubiri Palace, the Buganda Parliament and the Buganda Court of Justice. Severely damaged in the Uganda-Tanzania War, the city has since then been rebuilt with constructions of new construction of hotels, banks, shopping malls, educational institutions, and hospitals and the improvement of war torn buildings and infrastructure. Traditionally, Kampala was a city of seven hills, but over time it has come to have a lot more and the original hills of Kampala are Kasubi, Mengo, Kibuli, Namirembe, Lubaga, Nsambya, and Kampala hill.

TOURISM IN KAMPALA: INCLUDE KAMPALA ON YOUR SAFARI IN UGANDA
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and it has various attractions which range from cultural, religious, nightlife hotels, education, shopping centers and so many others.


Namugongo martyrs shrine

MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL SITES
Uganda National Museum:
This is the biggest and the oldest Museum in Uganda which was founded in 1908, the Uganda Museum is a remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy an African history cultures and treasures of Uganda under one roof and this museum is located in kamokya just a few minutes’ drive from the city centre and just adjacent to the head quarters of Uganda wildlife authority.

Kasubi Royal Tombs:
These tombs are of significance to the Buganda kingdom, the huge thatched-roof palace of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kasubi tombs was tragically destroyed by the fires in March 2010. Fortunately construction is in its final stages because of the help from locals and international support who has contributed money towards this project of putting up the sites back and this is done through the campaign of “kusonda etofali” championed by the “katikiro” Prime Minister of Buganda. Kasubi tombs was built in 1882 as the palace of the King Muteesa I, it was converted into his tomb following his death two years later. Subsequently, the next three kabaka (kings) “ Mwanga; Daudi Chwa II; and Edward Muteesa II, father of the current kabaka, Ronald Muteebi II (known also by his Baganda name, Muwenda) broke with tradition and chose to be buried here instead of in their own palaces. You will learn more about Buganda culture and history at the site.

The Royal Mile (Lubiri Palace and Bulange Parliament):At the other end of a ceremonial Royal drive leading from parliament of Buganda Kingdom, Lubiri Palace was built in 1922 .The building was duly converted to army barracks, while an adjacent site became a notorious underground prison and torture-execution chamber built by Idi Amin in the 1970s. During your exclusive cultural tour in Uganda / Kampala, local expert guides will lead you to this terrifying site, a dark concrete tunnel with numerous dark, damp cells separated by an electrified passage of water to prevent escape. At the gate of this palace is a traditional fire source that has never burnt out since the inception of the Buganda monarchy/Kingdom and shall never stop burning least a king is dead. There is a representation of all Baganda Clans and their respective role in this Kingdom since time of immemorial as narrated by a royalist at this fire source.
A mile away but directly positioned gate to gate is the Bulange- a parliament in which the Kabaka and his ministers have since old days sat to deliberate upon issues concerning Buganda Kingdom. The architectural design of this building has proven a spectacular Uganda tour attraction to many local and international visitors. Walk the mile as you learn about Buganda cultural norms and the city of Kampala.

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