Location: Kampala Uganda within
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda with about 1.35 million inhabitants and one of the 80 districts of Uganda. It is located a few kilometers from Lake Victoria.
The name " Kampala " derives from Kasozi K'Empala what "hill of antelopes " means.
Kampala grew around a fort, which was built by Frederick Lugard in 1890 for the British East Africa Company. The central Nakasero Hill in Kampala to have been grazed to the founding of the city of domesticated impala, which were in the possession of the King of Buganda. From 1900 to 1905, the city was the capital of the British protectorate of Uganda. 1962 sparked Kampala Entebbe from as a national capital. Large parts of the city were destroyed after the fall of the dictator Idi Amin in 1979 and in the subsequent civil war.
Kampala is originally a settlement of the Luganda speaking Baganda, still make up a large part of the population. In addition, members of many other ethnic groups and Ugandan Asians and Europeans live in the African metropolis.
In Kampala, founded in 1922, Makerere University and the Technical University Founded in 1954, Kampala have their headquarters
Since time immemorial, Kampala is a center of Christian mission. Between the cities of Kampala and Jinja an annual Marie pilgrimage takes place, which connect regularly up to 300 Christian pilgrims.
On religious buildings exist, among other things, the Roman Catholic Rubaga Cathedral and the Anglican Namirembe Cathedral, each seat of a bishop, the Islamic Kibuli Mosque, Sikh and Hindu temples as well as the only house of worship of the Baha'is in Africa. With the financial support of the former head of state of Libya Muammar al - Gaddafi was built the great Gaddafi National Mosque a few years ago, which can be visited. From the minaret of the city center is easy to overlook.
A few kilometers outside the city center of Kampala are the Kasubi Tombs, the tombs of the kings of Buganda. They have been inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2001. In March 2010, the central tomb burned down under mysterious circumstances yet. Thus their most important cultural monument lost the capital.
Among other things, furniture and machine parts are manufactured in Kampala. Agricultural exports include coffee, cotton, tea and sugar. Furthermore, Kampala headquarters of the East African Development Bank and the Uganda Communications Commission.
The Uganda's international airport, Entebbe International Airport, located 35 km away in the city of Entebbe. The main port for the city is about 10 km from Port Bell. With built by the British colonialists 1896-1931 Uganda railway a rail link towards Nairobi and Mombasa, and thus the Indian Ocean, more rail links to Malaba, Kasese and Pakwach exists only be used for freight.
On the Nakasero hill in a central location is now a hotel of the Sheraton chain in the middle of Jubilee Gardens, a large park.
The climate is year-round balanced by the location near the equator warm, but due to the altitude not overly hot.
In Kampala, there are an average of 290 days a year storm - making it the gewittrigste area of the world.
Kampala is ( as of June 2010 ) Seat of eleven "UN Agencies ", ie different organizations or agencies of the United Nations programs.
- International Maritime Organization ( IMO)
- International Monetary Fund (IMF ) IMF =
- United Nations Children 's Fund - Kenya Country Office (UNICEF - Uganda)
- United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM )
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP ) - Uganda
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization ( UNIDO)
- United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA)
- United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS ( UNAIDS)
- World Bank
- World Food Programme ( WFP)
- World Health Organization ( WHO)
Because of the long civil war in Uganda are some of these " agencies " rather branches of the UN in Nairobi; the UN has an organizational unit "Kenya, Uganda and The Seychelles ".
Sons and daughters of the town
- Haji Nasser Ntege Ssebagala (* 1947), several times Mayor of Kampala
- Dirk Beuchler (* 1971), German handball coach
- Tenywa Bonseu (born 1976 ), football player
- Ayub Kalule (born 1954 ), boxer
- John Mugabi ( born 1960 ), boxer
- Magid Musisi ( b. 1968 ), football player
- Sarah Nambawa ( born 1985 ), athlete
- Savio Nsereko (* 1989), German football player
- David Obua ( born 1984 ), football player
- Peter Okhello (born 1972 ), boxer
- Ibrahim Sekagya ( b. 1980 ), football player
- Eugene Sseppuya ( b. 1983 ), football player
- Mike Sserumagga (* 1989), football player
- Pilkington Ssengendo ( b. 1942 ), painter