The Famous Monuments in Uganda – Jewel Safaris : Uganda is graced with a number of monuments that were set up in the commemoration of various events that happened in Uganda or that Uganda was involved in. We take a look at some of these Monuments and a brief of the events that led to the construction of these monuments.
The Independence Monument
With many young Ugandans not acquainted with the real interpretation of this monument as many have always given differing opinions of this, the Independence Monument is one of the high profiled and relevant independence pieces in Uganda and its people since it’s the sign of freedom from no any other colonialism.
The independence monument is located along Speke Road in Kampala’s center. The British Colonial government was the sole funder of the construction of this monument before the independence celebration and this construction was part of the celebration. And upon Uganda attaining its first independence on October 9, 1962, this was part of the sites that showed that we have received freedom after the Independence monument was put up “depicting a man unwrapping his child and raising it to touch the sky, the towering sculpture signifies a newborn country let free from the bondages of colonization.”
This independence monument was put up by Gregory Maloba
It’s open at any time of the day or night for viewing, photography and several good purposed reasons. The place is fully maintained by the Kampala city council authority. During the day, it is also widely used by Kampala vagabonds, street children, and other town dwellers due to the cleanliness around it and at night it is a red-light spot.
Sir Edward Mutesa 1 Monument
This was the first Ugandan president immediately after the attainment of independence from the British. His statue was also found on Speke road and Nile Avenue junction next to the independence monument. His statue was unveiled by the current Kabaka of Buganda His Highness Ronald Muwenda Mutebi in 2007. He was the 35th king of Buganda who ruled it till his death and he was also the first head of state for Uganda. His full names were; Sir Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Muteesa II
World War Memorial Monument
This is one of the oldest statues in Kampala located next to the central police station. World War II was a very terrifying time for the whole world and all the colonial masters had asked their subjects for support during the war. For instance, Britain asked for help from Uganda to join forces to fight the opponents. This led to the series of loss of lives of Ugandans who had gone to support the British forces thus culminating in the construction of the world war memorial Monument by the British colonial government in 1945 that is also printed on the back of 5,000 Uganda shillings note for World War I and II.
The Centenary Monument
This was built by the Makerere University Artist called Sylvia Katende to commemorate Kampala City council’s centenary celebration mark. This is the governing body of Kampala city. The statue is found along Jinja road inside Centenary Park next to Hotel Africana.
The Statue of Leadership
This was uncovered in 2002 in remembrance of the Buganda Sir Apollo Kaggwa the Prime Minister of Buganda Kingdom from 1890 – 1926 that agitated and fought for the extension of clean water and electricity to Buganda kingdom at a time when it was needed most yet many had not recognized. It is found at Amber House along Kampala road. The building of this sculpture was funded by the Electricity body and National Water
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Many academic institutions have had their own statues depicting their visions, morals, or mission. And the few of the listed sculptures are in universities like;
Kyambogo University has a sculpture with three kids striving to get a touch on a book and it was put up in one of Uganda’s notes currency. The monument was unveiled by Kintu Musoke in 1996 and is one of the most outstanding ones among all monuments existing in various institutions compounds. On the other hand, Makerere University has the statue titled hatching a new generation in front of the college of Natural Sciences. This symbolizes “the new dawn in the world of academics in Uganda with rising of many institutions under the example of the fully established Makerere University. Other Universities like Makerere University Business School and other several academic institutions have monuments too depicting several meanings.
The Stride Monument
In commemoration of the CHOGM 2007, a sculpture bearing the father, mother, and son aluminum assemblage moving forward that symbolizes the togetherness of commonwealth states like one family developing together.
This statue is found in between Kampala Serena Hotel and the Parliamentary gardens. The Queen of England commissioned or uncovered it and about 150 million Uganda Shillings were spent building it. The work that was carried out by the team of experts inspected by Prof. George Kyeyune making it the most expensive monument in Uganda.
There are other several monuments that are still of so much importance to the republic of Uganda but the top pressing ones are the above listed above.
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