The Good and Bad as Mbarara becomes a city
Mbarara municipality will tomorrow, July 1, 2020 become a city with Jinja, Fort Portal, Masaka, Mbale, Arua and Gulu.
It is believed that the name Mbarara was derived from Emburara Grass (Hyperanea-Lusiasis) that was common in the area because some white guy failed to properly pronounce ‘Emburara’.
7 mayors (Robert Kakyebezi is the current and 7th).
16 town clerks (Tibihika Theophilus is the current and 16th).
33 major roads and streets.
It sits on 449.09 Sq Kms
Estimated population – 222,541 in 2017.
Mbarara in a special situation, it is on a hill, connects Uganda to Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, and other countries that’s why it has different nationals.
When it becomes a city, it will be divided into two (Mbarara division South – Nyamitanga, Kakoba, Nyakayojo and North – Kakiika, Biharwe, Kamukuzi.
Mbarara coordinates – western Uganda’s central business district: 00 36 48S, 30 39 30E (Latitude:-0.6132; Longitude:30.6582).
Municipality Motto – Ebirungi Biruga Omutuutu (Good things come from sweat / good things must be toiled for).
As early as 1899 as an African, Asian and European Initiative on an old royal site which had been abandoned. It formally became the seat of Mbarara (Ankole) District in 1901.
Mbarara municipality is Western Uganda’s gateway; transportation, economic, academic, manufacturing, leisure and religious hub.
Some of the Leading Academic Institutions are Mbarara University of Science and Technology-Official, Bishop Stuart University, Ntare School, MBARARA HIGH SCHOOL (CHAAPA), Maryhill High School Mbarara, St. Joseph’s Vocational School, Mbarara, among others, in addition to a long list of high quality Primary and secondary schools.
In Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure and Recreation, you can’t forget Igongo Cultural Centre & Country Hotel and Lake View Resort Hotel as some of the oldest hotels.
Mbarara has famously known places especially Nkokonjeru Tombs, Kamukuzi palace, Biharwe Eclipse Monument, River Rwizi, Amahembe g’ente, Aha memory.
Manufacturing – Kazire Health Products, GBK dairy products, Mbarara Steel Plant, Nile Breweries and others.
Famous people; Balya, Kakogoso, Mwebesa, Kashaka as business people, media personalities; Mutembandegye, Murungyi Ivian, Aaron Ainomuisha (news anchor), James Kasirivu, and others.
Security; Makenke army barracks, Mbarara police barracks and Rwizi regional police offices.
Dangerous areas at night – Nkokonjeru, Makenke, Kakoba, Katete and other places where security is working hard to eliminate criminals.
Bad – garbage, some sewage pipes directed into river Rwizi, River Rwizi is in a sorry state as the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) disclosed it requires over shs200 million to restore the Ankole-serving river whose water go into lake Victoria.
Main source of water – River Rwizi though it’s in a sorry state.
Leading Radios; FM 91.2 Crooze Fm www.croozefm.com , Vision Radio, Radio West, Endigito, and others. Tv station – Tv West.
Other key areas and stakeholders that haven’t been highlighted are also appreciated.
Other clusters – municipalities set to be cities:
1 July 2021- Hoima, Lira and Soroti.
1 July 2022 – Entebbe.
1 July 2023 – Moroto,Nakasongola, Kabale and Wakiso.
Aaron Ainomugisha, editorial https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3