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Kampala ( Français: Kampala, Spanish: Kampala, Deutsch: Kampala, Русский: Кампала) - (The) city in Uganda, situated in Uganda region. According to the latest census, the city population is 1353189. Geographical coordinates of Kampala (WGS84): latitude: 0° 18' 59" N ( 0.3163 ), longitude: 32° 34' 56" E ( 32.5822 ).

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Kampala (Africa)
Coordinates: 00°18′49″N 32°34′52″E / 0.31361°N 32.58111°E / 0.31361; 32.58111
Country Uganda
City Kampala
 • Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago
 • Executive Director Andrew Kitaka
 • Capital city 189 km (73 sq mi)
 • Land 176 km (68 sq mi)
 • Water 13 km (5 sq mi)
 • Metro
8,451.9 km (3,263.3 sq mi)
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
 • Capital city 1,680,600
 • Metro
Demonyms Munakampala
Time zone UTC+3 (EAT)
Website www.kcca.go.ug

Kampala (UK: /kæmˈpɑːlə/,US: /kɑːmˈ-/) is the capital and largest city of Uganda. The city proper is estimated to have population of 1,680,800 people in 2019 and is divided into five boroughs of Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division, and Rubaga Division.

Kampala's metropolitan area consisting of the city proper and the neighboring Wakiso District, Mukono District, Mpigi District, Buikwe District and Luweero District has a rapidly growing population that is estimated at 6,709,900 people in 2019 by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics in an area of 8,451.9 km (3,263.3 sq mi)

In 2015, this metropolitan area generated an estimated nominal GDP of $13.80221 billion (Constant US dollars of 2011) according to Xuantong Wang et al. which was more than half of Uganda's GDP for that year indicating the importance of the Kampala to Uganda's economy.

Kampala is reported to be among the fastest-growing cities in Africa, with an annual population growth rate of 4.03 percent, by City Mayors. Kampala has been ranked the best city to live in East Africa ahead of Nairobi and Kigali by Mercer, a global development consulting agency based in New York City.


Kampala originally referred to only the present-day Old Kampala hill on whose summit was located the former Fort Lugard and the headquarters of the British Colonialist in the soon to be Uganda Protectorate. Before the British occupation and construction of Fort Lugard, this hill was a hunting reserve of the Kabaka of Buganda and had several species of antelope, especially the impala. When the British arrived, they called this place " The Hill of the Impala". Later on, the Baganda in whose territory this British Settlement was located, translated "Hill of the Impala" as Akasozi ke'Empala – "Kasozi" meaning "hill", "ke" meaning "of", and "empala" the plural of "impala". In Luganda, language of the Baganda, the words "ka'mpala" meant "place of the impala" and hence the word "Kampala" came to refer to the British colonial Settlement that later developed out of the occupied Old Kampala hill near the pre-existing Kibuga (capital) of Buganda Kingdom.


This area of numerous hills that later become known as Kampala was the core of the highly centralized Buganda Kingdom and site of the of shifting Kibuga(capital) the different Bassekabaka(Kings) of Buganda Kingdom with each Kabaka(king) upon their coronation or subsequently during their reign setting up their Kibuga(capital)on a new and or different hill as their wished or desired.

The first written description of this Kibuga(capital) was by the explorer Richard Francis Burton in his book The Lake Region of East Africa published in 1860. In the book, Burton relying on the information collected by Snay Bin Amir, an Arab trader, described the Kibuga as

…the settlement is not less than a day’s journey in length, the buildings are of cane and rattan. The sultan (Kabaka)’s palace is at least a mile long and the circular huts neatly arranged in a line are surrounded by a strong fence which has only four gates.

In 1862 when explorer John Speke arrived in the Buganda Kingdom Mutesa I of Buganda was king and his Kibuga(Capital) was at Bandabarogo present-day Banda hill.

Later on, in 1875 explorer Henry Morton Stanley reported the capital as being at present-day Lubaga hill were he met the same Kabaka Mutesa I. During this visit, Henry Stanley Morton wrote a letter that was published in the Daily Telegraphy inviting missionaries to come to Buganda and also described the Kibuga in his 1870's dispatches to the New York Herald, thus...

As we approached the capital, the highway from Usavara [Busabala] increased in width from 20ft [6 meters] to 150ft [45 meters]...Arrived at the capital I found the vast collection of huts crowning the eminence were the Royal Quarters, around which ran several palisades and circular courts, between which and the city was a circular road, ranging from 100ft [30 meters] to 200ft [60 meters] in width with gardens and huts...

In 1877 the first lot of missionaries of Church Mission Society who were of the protestant faith, arrived from the United Kingdom to Buganda and were given Namirembe hill and two years later in 1879 the catholic White Fathers missionaries also arrived in Buganda and were also given another hill Lubaga hill. The arrival of these two missionaries groups laid the ground for the Religious wars of 1888 to 1892 between their new converts and forcing the missionaries from Britain to then lobby for the British government to take over Buganda/Uganda as a protectorate.

In 1890 Frederick Lugard, an agent of the Imperial British East Africa Company, arrived in Buganda during the reign of Ssekabaka Mwanga II with whom he signed a treaty of protection by the British government over Buganda and whose Kibuga(Capital) was at Mengo hill. Captain Lugard would, later on, be allocated the hill that would soon be known as Old Kampala where he built a fort.

In 1895, Mengo Senior School the first school offering Western Education in Kampala was opened by the Church Missionary Society at Namirembe hill were mostly children of chiefs and pages of the Royal palaces were the students.

In 1897 Ssekabaka Mwanga would rebel and wage a war against British rule and was subsequently captured and deported in 1899 to Seychelles alongside Omukama Kabalega and Mwanga's son who was 3 years old at the time was made the King by the combined forces of the British officers, Nubian soldiers and Baganda collaborators and culminating in the signing of the Buganda Agreement (1900) that formalized British colonial rule in Buganda.

In 1897, Kampala's first Western-style health facility Mengo Hospital was opened on Namirembe hill by British Doctor and missionary Sir Albert Ruskin Cook later on founded Mulago Hospital the current National Referral Hospital in 1913 at Mulago hill. In 1899, Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa founded Lubaga Hospital at Lubaga hill.

This agreement by Sir Harry Johnston created new land tenures such as Freehold, Crownland, Mailo and divided up and allocated the land in such a way would that would come to define the development of Kampala.

The Land in Buganda's capital (Kibuga) included Mengo hill, Makerere hill, etc was allocated to the young king of Buganda, the Baganda colonial collaborators, etc under mailo and freehold.

The Religious Missions were also formally allocated land they were previously occupying including Catholic White Fathers who got Lubaga hill, the Protestant Church Missionary Society got Namirembe hill, the Muslims under Prince Nuhu Mbogo's leadership received Kibuli hill and the Catholic Saint Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill from Britain received most of Nsambya hill.and finally, the Uganda colonial/Protectorate government got land classified as crownland in the area such as Old Kampala hill, Nakasero Hill, etc this would be formalized by the Uganda Crownland Ordinance of 1903.

In 1906, the Crownland consisting of Old Kampala and Nakasero hills and covering 567 Hectares(5.67sqkm) was consolidated and gazetted as Kampala Township and by 1912 when Kampala Township first got its first land-use plan the Township had a population of 2,850 people who were mostly European and Asians.

In 1922, Makerere University Kampala's oldest University was founded as the Uganda Technical College at the present Makerere hill and offered carpentry, building construction and mechanics, arts, education, agriculture, and medicine.

In 1930 another planning scheme (land use plan) was introduced to regulate developments within the township. The 1930 land-use plan for Kampala segregated residential, industrial and commercial areas as well as a planned civic center.

In 1930 the first sewerage plan was prepared to target a population of 20,000 people in Nakasero and Old Kampala areas of the Kampala township. This plan guided sewerage development from 1936–1940 in planned urban areas of the Kampala Township and excluded the Kibuga area occupied by the Baganda and other natives.

In 1931, the Uganda Railway line reached Kampala connecting Kampala to Mombasa Port thirty-five years from the commencement of its construction.

In 1938, The East African Power & Lighting Company was granted a license for thermal electric power generation and distribution for towns of Kampala and Entebbe and in the same year Governor Sir Philip Mitchel switched on Kampala and Uganda's first electric street lights.,

In 1945, Ernst May a German Architect was commissioned by Uganda Protectorate Government to design a new physical plan for Kampala. Ernst May's plan 0f 1947 was intended to extend Kampala eastwards covering Kololo hill, Naguru hill and with commercial center on the southern slopes of Nakasero hill, an industrial zone in the southeast of Kampala and for the first time a planned residential zone for the Ugandan natives. The plan was never fully implemented and 1951 the third physical plan by Henry Kendall was instead adopted though it incorporated some elements of Ernst May's 1947 plan.

Henry Kendall's 1951 plan expanded Kampala from the 5.67sqkm area of 1930 plan to an area of 28sqkm incorporating areas like Kololo hill, Industrial Area, etc. However, like the first two planning schemes, the 1951 plan failed to achieve many of its stated objectives

On 9th October of 1962, Uganda gained independence subsequently the capital city was transferred from Entebbe to Kampala and in the same year, Kampala was granted City status.

In 1968, six years after Uganda attaining Independence the Boundaries of Kampala were expanded incorporating the Kibuga(then known as Mengo Municipality), Kawempe and Nakawa Townships, areas of Muyenga, Ggaba, etc. This increased administrative area of Kampala from 28sqkm to the current 189sqkm.

In 1972, the fourth physical plan for Kampala was made covering the newly incorporated areas of Kampala's boundary extensions of 1968 but the subsequent political and economic turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s meant the plan was never implemented., Similarly, the fifth physical plan for Kampala made in 1994, like 1972 plan was never also implemented.

In 2010 Kampala Capital City Authority act was enacted giving the government more control of the administration Kampala city and the act also created the Kampala Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority with aims of improving the infrastructure of the Kampala proper and the surrounding areas of Wakiso district, Mukono Town, and parts of Mpigi and Luwero districts.


Lake Victoria

Several neighbourhoods of Kampala are bordering Lake Victoria.


Kampala has a Subtropical highland climate (Cfb, Cwb) under the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system.

A facet of Kampala's weather is that it features two annual wetter seasons. While the city does not have a true dry season month, it experiences heavier precipitation from August to December and from February to June. However, it's between February and June that Kampala sees substantially heavier rainfall per month, with April typically seeing the heaviest amount of precipitation at an average of around 169 millimetres (6.7 in) of rain.


The Kasubi Tombs

Kampala was originally built on seven hills, but it has expanded to cover more than the original seven hills.

The original seven hills were:

Old Kampala Hill on which Fort Lugard was located, the first seat of the British colonialists in Uganda.

The second is Mengo Hill which was the then Kibuga (capital) of Buganda kingdom at the start of British colonial rule

The third is Kibuli Hill, that is home to the Kibuli Mosque.

The fourth is Namirembe Hill, that was home to the Anglican(Wangeleza) faction of the Buganda religious wars of 1888 to 1892 and site of Namirembe Anglican Cathedral.

The fifth is Lubaga Hill, that was home to the White Fathers Catholic(Wafaransa) faction of the above mentioned Buganda religious wars and also site of the Rubaga Catholic Cathedral.

The sixth is Nsambya Hill, site of the former Cathedral of St Peter's Nsambya and allocated to the British Catholic Mill Hill Mission during the signing of the Uganda Agreement(1900).

The seventh is Nakasero Hill on whose summit was Fort Nakasero, a British military installation built after relocating from Fort Lugard in Old Kampala,the hill was also the site of the European Hospital(the current government analytical laboratory opposite Ministry of Public Service headquarters).


Makerere University

Pre-Primary Education

Pre-Primary Education is offered only by private entities which are located in the various neighborhood of Kampala and is lightly regulated by the [[Ministry of Education and Sports (Uganda)]. and starts from age of 6 weeks onEducation in Kampala city is provided by a vast number of public and private institutions offering a wide range of educational training that includes Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary, Vocational, Technical Undergraduate and Post-Graduate education.ward

Primary and Secondary Education in Kampala

Kampala has quite a number of both Primary and Secondary schools in every parish that are mostly privately owned and a handful that are state state-owned and are also lightly regulated by the City Education directorate and Ministry of Education and Sports..

Some of the Private institution....

Vocational and Technical Education in Kampala

Kampala has a number of both private and state institutions offering training in a broad range of fields as indicated in the table below



Speciality Location Ownership Est
Nakawa Vocational Training Institute
  • Electricity/Electronic
  • Automotive/Auto – Electrical
  • Brick/Block laying and concrete practice
  • Welding and fabrication
  • Sheet metal and plumbing
  • Wood working
  • Machining and Fitting
Nakawa State owned 1971
Tiner International School of Beauty
  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty Therapy
Wandegeya Private 1995
Jimmy Sekasi Institute of Catering
  • Food and Beverage
Kabalagala Private 1989
St Mbaaga Major Seminary
  • Theology
Ggaba Private 1976


Street map of Kampala

View of Kampala from space

The population of Kampala city proper has been rapidly increasing from 62,264 in 1948 to 1,189,142 in 2002 then 1,507,080 in 2014. And in 2019 the population was estimated to be 1,650,800.

Kampala being the capital city and economic engine of Uganda has a diverse ethnic population drawn from all parts of the country and also from neighboring countries such as Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and even as far as from countries such as India, China, etc

Cross Cultural intimate relations in Kampala and even Uganda generally speaking are still unusual. Although many of Kampala's residents live and work in close contact,but they still define themselves by their ethnic origins. This is more evident in the native languages used at home, work places and even in public spaces alongside Luganda and English, ,. In addition to the Baganda and Banyankole, other large ethnic groups include the Basoga, Bafumbira, Batoro, Bakiga, Alur, Bagisu (better known as Bamasaba), Banyoro, Iteso, Langi, and Acholi.

Historical population data for Kampala

Year 1948 1959 1969 1980 1991 2002 2014 2019
Kampala(City Proper) 62,264 107,058 330,700 458,503 774,241 1,189,142 1,507,080 1,650,800


Cultural institutions

There are the Uganda Museum and the Ugandan National Theatre.

Ndere Cultural Centre

A prominent cultural centre in the Kampala area of Kisasi that aims to promote Ugandan and African cultural expressions through music, dance and drama. The name Ndere is derived from the noun 'endere', which means flute. As an instrument found in all cultures, it is chosen as a peaceful symbol of the universality of cultural expressions. The Ndere centre is famous for its Ndere troupe, a music and dance troupe that perform several nights every week at the centre showcasing music and dance from all over Uganda as well as Rwanda and Burundi.


Notable people

  • Nancy Kacungira, presenter and reporter at the BBC World News, winner of the first ever BBC Komla Dumor Award"Komla Dumor Award winner announced". BBC News. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2019-08-26..
  • Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Ugandan politician, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and musician
  • Micheal Azira, Ugandan footballer ;who plays for the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.
  • Allen Kagina, Executive Director, Uganda National Roads Authority, UNRA
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, British journalist and author
  • Cornelius Edwards, former boxer
  • Richard Gibson, British actor
  • Mandy Juruni, basketball coach
  • Aamito Lagum, fashion model, winner of the first season of Africa's Next Top Model
  • John Mugabi, world champion boxer
  • Kato Mukasa, humanist activist and co-founder of the Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity and Accountability
  • Muteesa I, the 30th Kabaka of Buganda
  • Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda, the 36th Kabaka of Buganda
  • Rajat Neogy, Ugandan-Indian journalist, writer, poet and founder and editor of Transition Magazine
  • Shimit Amin Uganda-born Indian filmmaker
  • Sudhir Ruparelia Ugandan entrepreneur and builder, Founder Chairman of Ruparelia Group
  • Paulo Muwanga, former president and prime minister
  • Denis Onyango, footballer
  • Eng. Moses Hassim Magogo, FUFA President who took Uganda Cranes to AFCON after 39 years and first Ugandan on CAF Executive
  • Samuel Sejjaaka, professor
  • Wasswa Serwanga, American football player
  • Marcel Theroux, British novelist
  • Erias Lukwago, Ugandan lawyer and politician
  • Phiona Mutesi, chess prodigy and subject of the 2012 book and 2016 Disney film "Queen of Katwe"
  • Martin Ssempa, pastor-doctor and head of a large congregation
  • Pione Sisto, footballer, Ugandan born Danish footballer, currently playing for Spanish Club Celta Vigo
  • John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
  • Ash Amin, British academic and geographer.

Honorary citizens

People awarded the honorary citizenship of Kampala are:

Date Name Notes
16 June 2017 Aga Khan IV (1936–Present) British Humanitarian and Imam of Nizari-Ismaili Shia Islam.


Kampala is home to the City Oilers, one of East Africa's top basketball club teams. It is the only East African team that competes in the FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup. The Oilers play their home games in the MTN Arena, which is based in Kampala's Lugogo Area.

The city hosted the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2017.


Efforts are underway to relocate heavy industry to the Kampala Business and Industrial Park, located in Namanve, Mukono District, approximately 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of the city's central business district, thereby cutting down on city traffic congestion. Some of the businesses that maintain their headquarters in the city center include all of the 25 commercial banks licensed in Uganda; the New Vision Group, the leading news media conglomerate and majority owned by the government; and the Daily Monitor publication, a member of the Kenya-based Nation Media Group. Air Uganda maintained its headquarters in an office complex on Kololo Hill in Kampala. Crown Beverages Limited, the sole Pepsi-Cola franchise bottler in the country, is situated in Nakawa, a division of Kampala, about 5 kilometres (3 mi), east of the city centre.

The informal sector is a large contributor to Kampala's GDP. Citizens who work in the formal sector also participate in informal activities to earn more income for their families. A public servant in Kampala, for example, may engage in aviculture in addition to working in the formal sector. Other informal fields include owning taxis and urban agriculture. The use of Kampala's wetlands for urban farming has increased over the past few decades. It connects the informal rural settlements with the more industrialized parts of the city. The produce grown in the wetlands is sold in markets in the urban areas.

In December 2015, Google launched its first wi-fi network in Kampala.

While more than 30 percent of Kampala's inhabitants practice urban agriculture, the city of Kampala donated 32 acres (13 ha) to promote urban agriculture in the northeastern parish of Kyanja, in Nakawa Division.


Kampala is served by Entebbe International Airport, which is the largest airport in Uganda.

Boda-bodas (local motorbike transport) are a popular mode of transport that gives access to many areas within and outside the city. Standard fees for these range from USh:1,000 to 2,000 or more. Boda-bodas are useful for passing through rush-hour traffic, although many are poorly maintained and dangerous.

In early 2007, it was announced that Kampala would remove commuter taxis from its streets and replace them with a comprehensive city bus service. (In Kampala, the term "taxi" refers to a 15-seater minibus used as public transport.) The bus service was expected to cover the greater Kampala metropolitan area including Mukono, Mpigi, Bombo, Entebbe, Wakiso and Gayaza. As of December 2011 the service had not yet started. Having successfully completed the Northern Bypass, the government, in collaboration with its stakeholders, now plans to introduce the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Kampala by 2014. On 12 March 2012, Pioneer Easy Bus Company, a private transport company, started public bus service in Kampala with an estimated 100 buses each with a 60-passenger capacity (30 seated and 30 standing), acquired from China. Another 422 buses were expected in the country in 2012 to complement the current fleet. The buses operate 24 hours daily. The company has a concession to provide public transport in the city for the next five years. The buses were impounded for back taxes in December 2013. The company expected to resume operation in February 2015.

In 2014, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni and a China transportation company signed a Memorandum of Understanding, that they would at some point begin embarking on building a light rail system in Kampala, similar to the one recently completed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On 11 April 2011, the pressure group Activists for Change (A4C) held its first Walk to Work protest near Kampala, in response to a comment by President Museveni on the increased cost of fuel, which had risen by 50 percent between January and April 2011. He said: "What I call on the public to do is to use fuel sparingly. Don't drive to bars." The protest, which called on workers to walk to work to highlight the increased cost of transport in Uganda, was disrupted by police, who fired tear gas and arrested three-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and Democratic Party leader Norbert Mao. In the course of the protest, Besigye was shot in the right arm by a rubber bullet. The government blamed the violence on protesters.

In 2016, the Rift Valley Railways Consortium (RVR) and Kampala Capital City Authority established passenger rail service between Namanve and Kampala and between Kampala and Kyengera. Those services were temporarily discontinued after RVR lost its concession in Uganda in October 2017. However, when Uganda Railways Corporation took over the operations of the metre gauge railway system in Uganda in 2018, the service was restored in February that year. A new Kampala to Port Bell route is being planned, to be added in the 2018/2019 financial year.

Places of worship

Among the places of worship, they are predominantly Christian churches and temples : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala (Catholic Church), Church of Uganda (Anglican Communion), Presbyterian Church in Uganda (World Communion of Reformed Churches), Baptist Union of Uganda (Baptist World Alliance), Assemblies of God. There are also Muslim mosques.

Kampala hosts a Bahá'í House of Worship known as the Mother Temple of Africa and is situated on Kikaya Hill on the outskirts of the city. The temple was inaugurated in January 1961.


See also

  • List of tallest buildings in Kampala
  • List of banks in Uganda
  • Kampala Capital City Authority
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