Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has today unveiled the Impala monument at Jubilee House in a brief scientific occasion. The Impala Monument is among many others that have been put up in different parts of the City along various streets.
Kampala City derives its name from the animal Impala, a type of antelope which used to graze on the slopes of Mengo and the other surrounding hills. The name “Hill of the Impala” (Akasozi Ka Impala) was given specifically to the hill on which Captain Fredrick Lord Lugard, a British administrator, established his camp (Fort) on December 18, 1890.
The name was later rephrased to Kampala and has taken root since then.
In 2016, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago made a commitment regarding the promotion of Kampala as a hub for investment and tourism.
With its rich cultural heritage, beautiful terrain or landscape, huge water bodies (particularly Lake Victoria) tropical climate and soils, hospitable and cultured people, Kampala has become a huge attract tourists destination and a home to numerous investors.
Lukwago’s administration has since embarked on making deliberate policies towards the preservation, development and promotion of Uganda’s heritage, cultural sites, recreation facilities, museums and the restoration of monuments among others.
He noted that he would be disingenuous to himself if he did not mention that he felt “extremely nostalgic about the old emblem of the Authority, with the image of an Impala engraved thereon, as a symbol of our cherished heritage.”
A gorilla monument was earlier unveiled by the Executive Director at Nile Avenue in memory of Ruhondeza, a male gorilla who was the leader of Mubare group in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the first group that kick started habituated gorilla tourism in Uganda.
Lukwago appreciated Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourism Board and Jubilee Insurance for the Partnership that has brought back life to the city through tourism and he called on them to join him as he embarks on the journey of putting up a Museum for Kampala.