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Uganda

Background

Uganda

The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. During the 1990s, the government promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections.

About

Uganda is a country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Famously called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, it is home to one of the most diverse and concentrated ranges of African fauna including the highly endangered mountain gorilla and the endangered common chimpanzee.

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UgandaKampala Serena Hotel 

Kintu Road
Kampala 256
Uganda

Price (US$): $345 - $607 / night

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Location. Kampala Serena Hotel is located in Kampala, close to Kibuli Mosque, Makerere University, and Kabaka's Palace. Nearby points of interest also include Namirembe Cathedral and Rubaga Cathedral. Hotel Features. Dining options at Kampala Serena Hotel include a restaurant and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub,… more »

UgandaLake Victoria Serena Resort 

Lweza - Kigo Road, off Entebbe Road
Kampala
Uganda

Price (US$): $286 - $1155 / night

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Location. Lake Victoria Serena Resort is located in Kampala and attractions in the region include Rubaga Cathedral, Kabaka's Palace, and Namirembe Cathedral. Regional points of interest also include Kitubulu Forest and Beach and Kibuli Mosque. Resort Features. Dining options at Lake Victoria Serena Resort include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa… more »

UgandaSheraton Kampala Hotel 

Ternan Avenue Po Box 7041
Kampala
Uganda

Price (US$): $220 - $457 / night

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Location. Sheraton Kampala Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in central Kampala, close to Kibuli Mosque, Kabaka's Palace, and Makerere University. Additional points of interest include Namirembe Cathedral and Rubaga Cathedral. Hotel Features. In addition to 3 restaurants, Sheraton Kampala Hotel offers a coffee shop/café and a grocery. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a… more »

UgandaTooro Royal Cottages 

Plot 19-33 Hoima Road
Kyenjojo
Uganda

Price (US$): $74 - $75 / night

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Location. Located in Kyenjojo, Tooro Royal Cottages is in a rural location. Hotel Features. Tooro Royal Cottages's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. This 3.5 star property offers a meeting/conference room and audiovisual equipment. Wedding… more »

UgandaCassia Lodge 

Plot 15, Buziga Hill
Kampala
Uganda

Location. Cassia Lodge is located in Kampala and local attractions include Kibuli Mosque, Kabaka's Palace, and Rubaga Cathedral. Additional area points of interest include Namirembe Cathedral. Hotel Features. Cassia Lodge features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers business services. Complimentary wireless… more »

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Uganda

Full name
Republic of Uganda
Capital
Kampala
Location

Eastern Africa, west of Kenya

Geographic coordinates

1 00 N, 32 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Oregon

Border countries

Democratic Republic of the Congo 765 km, Kenya 933 km, Rwanda 169 km, Sudan 435 km, Tanzania 396 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August); semiarid in northeast

Terrain

mostly plateau with rim of mountains

Lowest point

Lake Albert 621 m

Highest point

Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley 5,110 m

Natural resources

copper, cobalt, hydropower, limestone, salt, arable land, gold

Population

33,398,682

Ethnic groups

Baganda 16.9%, Banyakole 9.5%, Basoga 8.4%, Bakiga 6.9%, Iteso 6.4%, Langi 6.1%, Acholi 4.7%, Bagisu 4.6%, Lugbara 4.2%, Bunyoro 2.7%, other 29.6% (2002 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42% (Anglican 35.9%, Pentecostal 4.6%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.5%), Muslim 12.1%, other 3.1%, none 0.9% (2002 census)

Languages

English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Ganda or Luganda (most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, preferred for native language publications in the capital and may be taught in school), other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic

Government type

republic

Independence

9 October 1962 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 9 October (1962)

Chief of state

President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power on 26 January 1986); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power on 26 January 1986); Prime Minister Apolo NSIBAMBI (since 5 April 1999); note - the prime minister assists the president in the supervision of the cabinet

Internet country code

.ug

Internet users

3.2 million (2009)

Airports

46 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Entebbe, Jinja, Port Bell

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