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Kampala’s skyline after Independence

Optimized Uganda flag. The country celebrates its Independence every October 9. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA– Uganda got her Independence on October 9, 1962.

Before 1962, the country was a British protectorate. It was extremely organised in a number of ways such as kingdoms that included; Buganda, Bunyoro, and Tooro as well as other chiefdoms in other parts of the country.

The colonialists also ensured an organised city. Kampala, like many modern African cities, was created along racial lines to carter for the colonial masters.

The up-market suburbs of Nakasero, Kololo and some parts of Naguru were created for Europeans and Indians, while the Nakawa settlement scheme was for the nomadic African labourers.

But, since Uganda’s Independence, a lot has been achieved or changed about Kampala’s skyline.

Growing up, there were a few tall buildings in the city that everyone considered as rendezvous places and meeting points for the ‘well-to-do class.

Uganda house, Cham towers and Diamond trust building were some of the tall buildings back then known to many.

However, as time went by, some new modern buildings; such as Crested towers were constructed. Most foreign companies occupied these buildings.

Currently, more construction projects have been taken on and formidable structures have been set up though at a slow pace and this has bred to National Social Security Fund ( NSSF) building  which dominated the skylines with nice tiles as new ones joined the race like  Mapeera building by centenary bank along Kampala road, Le Boulevard  opposite the post office.

Kampala’s skyline has grown steadfast for the past 10 years and yielded big projects like Lotis towers in Nakasero opposite MacKinnon suites, Bishop Jannan Luwum church house that is adjacent Bank of Uganda, Thombani  Centre on Jinja road opposite Crown house and the recent being the Kingdom Kampala building adjacent Crested towers.

All these and more have improved Uganda’s infrastructure by far!

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