Kampala is the Commercial and capital City of Uganda. There are numerous monuments littered around the city that were built to commemorate historical events that took place in Uganda. We decided to explore what we thought were the top monuments worth a visit while in the central business district.
The Independence Monument
This monument was built to commemorate Uganda’s attainment of independence from British rule. It is located along Nile Avenue facing the roundabout and behind the Sheraton gardens. When Uganda was granted powers of independence on 9th October 1962 a renowned Ugandan sculpture artist Gregory Maloba was tasked to build this enormous statue to remember the day. It was unveiled by Milton Obote on October 5th 1962.
2. The Stride Monument
This stands at parliament gardens just outside the parking area. It was erected to commemorate the Common wealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) 23-25 November 2007 held in Kampala Uganda. The stride was inaugurated by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
3. The World War II Memorial Monument
This is the oldest monument in Uganda and is located at the constitutional square or popularly called city square in the heart of the city. It was constructed by the British colonial government in remembrance of Ugandan fighters who fought in the first and second world wars.
4. Mutesa II Presidential Monument
Located within the roundabout on Speke road adjacent to the independence monument, it remembers the 35th King of Buganda Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa the first president of the republic of Uganda 1963-1966. It was unveiled by president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2007 with Mutesa dressed in military fatigues. It is said to represent his efforts in fighting for Uganda’s independence. King Freddie as he was known died in 1969.
5. St. Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe Memorial Monument
He was one of the Christian Martyrs of Uganda. He was killed on November 15, 1885 and a monument is erected within the city center in his memory. Balikuddembe was the first Martyr to be killed and beheaded, his body was thrown onto a heap of burning firewood and burnt at Nakivubo, now St. Balikuddembe Market (formerly known as Owino Market) a popular local flair market for cheap second hand garments.
6. Centenary Monument
Designed by Sylvia Katende from Makerere University, this monument features on the twenty thousand Uganda shilling note and was erected by Kampala City Council to celebrate the City’s Centenary anniversary. It is located at the Centenary Park close to the Jinja road traffic lights.
7. Kampala’s Pyramids of ‘Giza’
We have sphinxes built in Uganda and they might have been built for gamblers and probably by gamblers. The pyramids casino and restaurant decided to go ancient Egyptian style and the results are along Yusuf Lule road.
8. East African Development Bank Monument
Located at the headquarters of the East African development Bank next to the Bank of Uganda on Shimoni road.
9. The Mutesa I monument
Located along Jinja road was constructed by the Mutesa I foundation to promote the “majesty’s vision of kingship, research, culture, education and religion””. Mutesa I is said to have wrote a letter through a British explorer Henry Stanley to invite Christian Missionaries to Uganda.
10. Mutasa Kefeero Monument
Located on the popular Mutasa Kefeero plaza in downtown Kampala. This is a building famous to the hip and sly of Kampala. Located in the center of the CBD, Mutasa Kafero is where you can strike that deal with somebody who you thought was just a friend a minute ago but has ended up robing you.