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With its 100 bars, drunkards and sex workers, Kololo is now ‘normal’ - 4 days ago, 15:39

Joachim Buwembo

The name Kololo connotes a very quiet, lonely place, so named from the cry of a vanquished king a century and a quarter ago.

The British empire builders using Sudanese mercenaries, superior weaponry and local traitors had defeated the Ugandan national armies and deported their great kings Kabalega of Bunyoro and Mwanga of Buganda to islands in the Indian Ocean.

The British felt it was safe enough to exile their Acholi colleague internally across the Nile in Kampala, 320km away from his kingdom. “An atye kany kololo,” Chief Awich cried out, meaning “I am here alone!”

Indeed he was.

The new British rulers settled on Nakasero hill next to the lonely Kololo, developed Makerere Hill for education and left Mengo Hill for the subjugated Buganda kingdom. Religions were left with Rubaga and Nsambya for Catholics, Namirembe for the Anglicans and Kibuli for Muslims.

The original seven hills of Kampala accounted for, lonely Kololo ...
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