Abavubuka mwenyigire mu bulimi - Kabaka awadde amagezi:


8th December, 2014


By Dickson Kulumba ne Paddy Bukenya


Kabaka ng’awuubira ku bantu be ku mbuga y’eggombolola y’e Buwama mu ssaza ly’e Mawokota e Mpigi ku Lwomukaaga ku mikolo gy’Abavubuka mu Buganda.


KABAKA Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II alagidde abavubuka okwongera okwegatta 

beenyigire mu bulimi nga balima ebirime eby’ettunzi okusobola okwekulaakulanya.

Omutanda ng’ali ku mikolo gy’abavubuka mu Buganda ku mbuga y’eggombolola y’e Buwama mu ssaza lya Mawokota mu disitulikiti y’e Mpigi ku Lwomukaaga, yawadde abavubuka amagezi okukozesa ebifo ku masaza ne ku magombolola okukolerako emirimu egy’enjawulo egy’enkulaakulana

n’asiima abatandiseewo emirimu ne bayambako n’abalala okwebeezaawo.



Ente Omubaka Kenneth Kiyingi Bbosa (Mawokota South) gye yatonedde 

Ssaabasajja ku Lwomukaaga. 


Kabaka alagidde abavubuka okwekebeza Kabaka yakubirizza abavubuka okwekuuma:


“Omwaka guno tujjukiziddwa ensonga y’ebyobulamu. Abavubuka tusaanye okwekuuma nga tuli balamu, okwekebeza buli mwaka kubanga si kirungi okugenda mu ddwaaliro nga tumaze okugonda ate omuvubuka alina okulya obulungi.”


Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga yakunze abavubuka okukozesa emikisa Kabaka gy’abatee

reddewo; mu by’obulimi beekwate BUCADEF n’okuyingira Ssuubiryo Zambogo SACCO.


Omulamwa gwabadde; Omuvubuka omulamu ate nga mukozi ye nnamuziga w’enku

laakulana mu Buganda, era wano Minisita w’abavubuka e Mmengo, Henry Ssekabembe, we yategeerezza nga bammemba ba Ssuubiryo Zambogo SACCO bwe batuuse ku 1,500 nga kati balinawo n’obukadde 285.


Abamu ku Baamasaza ku mukolo gw’Abavubuka mu Buganda e Mawokota ku Lwomukaaga.


Omukolo gwetabyeko; ssentebe w’abavubuka mu Buganda, Richard Kabanda, Kayima David Ssekyeru, Katikkiro eyawummula Dan Mulika, sipiika wa Buganda Nelson Kawalya n’omumyuka we Ahmed Lwasa, Minisita Amelia Kyambadde, Omubaka Kenneth Kiyingi Bbosa (Mawokota South) ssaako baminisita b’e Mmengo, abakulu b’ebika n’Abaamasaza.

Abayimbi; Mathias Walukagga ne Fred Ssebbale be baasanyusiza abantu ba Kabaka.

The first bank in The Ganda Kingdom:

By Henry Lubega

Posted  Sunday,1 st March,  2015 


Before 1906, there was no banking institution in Uganda until November of the same year when the national Bank of India opened its first branch in Entebbe, and four years later it opened the first bank in Kampala, although it was later taken up to become Grindlys Bank.

The National Bank of India was followed by Standard Bank of South Africa Limited when on September 19, 1912, it opened its first branch in Kampala. And a few years later it opened another branch in Jinja.


Barclays followed in 1927 when it opened two branches in Kampala and Jinja. In 1954 three more banks; Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and The Nedelandsche Handel-Maatschappij M.V (Netherlands Trading Society) opened in Uganda.

According to Saben’s commercial directory and handbook of Uganda, as early as 1949 the banking system had been established in Uganda but did not control much of the financial liquidity that was in circulation across the board in the country.

“Much of the money was controlled in the bazaars and other channels which were predominantly controlled by people of the Asian origin. These people played a key role in the buying of cotton.

However, areas where banks were non-existent, merchants in those areas played the part of the banks. This was through taking drafts in exchange for cash or physical items in exchange for hard cash,” Saben wrote.

By 1950, it was realised that to bring more Africans into the business there was need to provide them with credit. Unfortunately, the commercial banks at the time would not extend credit to Africans because of the nature of their securities.

Under Ordinance number 20 of 1950 the Uganda Credit and Saving Bank was created purposely to extend credit facilities to Africans with the aim of furthering agriculture, commercial building and co-operative society purposes.

On October 2, 1950, the bank was opened and by 1961 it had spread to places like Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu, Masaka and Mbale, taking only African deposits.

Building Society

Two years later, the first Building Society in Uganda was opened as a subsidiary of a Kenyan owned firm Savings and Loans Society Limited. 

More financial institutions continued to open up in Uganda with Lombard Bank from Kenya, in partnership with Uganda Development Corporation, opening the Lombank Uganda Limited in 1958. It was this bank which first introduced the hire purchase system of shopping in Uganda.

It was not until 1966 that through an act of Parliament that Bank of Uganda was created. Prior to this, issues to do with money were handled by the East African currency board which had its head offices in Kenya.

The Entebbe Botanical Gardens have been leased out to a private investor:


By Vision Reporters


Added 18th November 2019


Entebbe Botanical Gardens is home to over 400 plant species, ranging from little known indigenous fruits and medicinal plants, to a wide range of ornamentals.

Botanical3 703x422


By Julius Luwemba & Kigongo Ssebalamu



A few metres east of the State House in Entebbe municipality are splendid gardens laid out on a 40ha piece of land, stretching over a kilometre along the scenic shores of Lake Victoria and rising inland onto a gently sloping beautiful landscape.

Here, you find representation of typical tropical rainforest and wetland ecosystems which attract vast numbers of birds, reptiles and apes, making it a good destination for animal lovers as well.

Entebbe Botanical Gardens is home to over 400 plant species, ranging from little known indigenous fruits and medicinal plants, the towering highly prized commercial timber species, the economically important crop species and their relatives, to a wide range of ornamentals.

The beautiful collections are enhanced by the flavour of dozens of exotic plant species that were brought into the country over the last century.

 he rocky bed at otanical ardens where singer ose hameleon shot his ipepewo video The rocky bed at Botanical Gardens where singer Jose Chameleon shot his Kipepewo video


 hh A spot in Botanical Gardens where some scenes of the movie Tarzan, were shot


However, part of the 120-year-old gardens has been leased out to an investor — Megha Industries — who owns the adjacent Victoria Mall, to construct a sewage management plant. The land leased out is reported to be about half-an-acre.

When contacted about the matter, Meghani Sikander of Megha Industries confirmed acquiring a 10-year lease (renewable) from the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) to expand the sewerage system of Victoria Mall.

“On average, over 7,000 people access the mall every day, way more than what we had anticipated during the initial construction,” Meghani said.

He noted that the septic tank will be emptied every after two months.

 hhhh The part of the gardens where the construction is taking place


“We have done our best in order not to damage the plants in the gardens. We engaged National Water and Sewerage Corporation to assist in constructing a sewage line that can connect directly to the lake after proper treatment of the sewage. However, they told us to wait for at least one-and-a-half years,” Meghani explained.

“Before the sewer line, this whole place was every Saturday subjected to a stench whenever emptying the small septic tank we have. After realising that emptying every Saturday was not sustainable, we had to run to Botanical Gardens to get land to try and construct a bigger septic tank to help us solve this problem,” he added.

When contacted over the matter, NARO director Dr Ambrose Agona said he was not in office at the time.

“Please contact me when I am in office for a detailed comment,” Agona said.

 hhhh People usually gather in the gardens for meetings, church crusades, camping, among other activities


What local authorities say

Entebbe town clerk Charles Magumba said he was aware of the investor’s businesses in Entebbe. He, however, did not divulge details about the septic tank being constructed in Botanical Gardens.

Vincent Kayanja, the Entebbe municipality mayor, justified the expansion of Victoria Mall sewerage system.

“The sewerage system at Victoria Mall should now be a mandate of National Water and Sewerage Corporation. They should ensure that sewage is treated from there before being pumped into the lake,” Kayanja said.

 jjj Artistes and actors use the gardens for videography and filming


Botanical Gardens

Long before agricultural research institutes were introduced, Entebbe Botanical Gardens was in place, having been officially launched in October 1898 by James Berkery, the commissioner and consul general for the British protectorate.

The facility was solely established for the examination and development of agricultural resources before transplanting them to larger farms.

Over 120 years, Botanical Gardens has evolved from an agricultural research facility to a tourist centre. Visitors are required to pay a fee ranging from sh2,000 to sh20,000 in order to access the place with a variety of plant and animal species.

 hhh The gentle slope in this part of the gardens merging into the green vegetation


In 1995, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries took over Botanical gardens and placed it under NARO.

Apart from being an incredibly beautiful scenery, Botanical Gardens house an important Uganda plant heritage which provided the springboard for the flourishing national agricultural research ‘empire’, having been the first agricultural research unit to be established in the country.

One is instantly hit by the gently sloping beautiful landscape merging into the green vegetation culminating from different plant collections with canopy gaps revealing the blue-white waters of Lake Victoria.

 hhh The septic tank was constructed on the southern part of Victoria Mall


Fauna of Botanical Gardens

In co-existence with the plant species, Botanical Gardens also host a number of animals, with the Colobus monkeys being the notable ones. There are also turtles, bats and mangooses.

The birds include the pink-backed pelican, storks, eastern grey plantain-eater, purple-banded sunbird, African jacana and the yellow-billed duck.

Other birds include Malachite Kingfisher, blue-checked bee-eater, wood sandpiper, green sandpiper, black crake, long-tailed cormorant and crowned hornbill.

Botanical Gardens, which can be accessed by car or boat, is about 10-minute walk from the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre commonly known as Entebbe Zoo.