Revelers Descend on Kampala for Annual Carnival Top story

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Dubbed the biggest street party in East-Afrika, the carnival is featuring musical acts including Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool, Chameleon, Navio Kigozi, Sheba and Irene Ntale among others. Companies, organizations and small businesses joined the festivities adding a corporate feel to the streets that are crowded with colorful sights and vibrant sounds.

Excited revelers have descended on the Kampala city centre for the annual carnival, a celebration that draws multitudes to the capital to celebrate culture, innovation, unity and social life.

Dubbed the biggest street party in East-Afrika, the carnival is featuring musical acts including Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool, Chameleon, Navio Kigozi, Sheba and Irene Ntale among others. Companies, organizations and small businesses joined the festivities adding a corporate feel to the streets that are crowded with colorful sights and vibrant sounds.

The carnival is organized by Kampala Capital City Authority mainly to depict the image of the city as a happy, cultural and warm place to be. This year's carnival introduced a festival rally, cycling and a vintage car show. Places of worship have also been set up for faithful's who may need to worship while attending the festival. 

Hundreds of merrymakers began filling the city center as early as 5am long before official activities started. By 9am key sections, pavilions and entertainment centers were filled up. Majority of those gathered at the carnival are masked in the days theme colors; black, yellow and red.

They told Uganda Radio Network that the carnival is an opportunity for them to socialize. David Kintu, a resident of Kampala says he was drawn into the celebration by his desire to watch performances by Ugandan artists.
 
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Sarah Auma, a mother of one says she is at the carnival to collect plastic bottles, her main source of income. She says such gatherings are a great opportunity for her to make money out of plastic waste but also enjoy the trill brought about the different dance groups that are part of the celebration.
 
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Charles Bukuwa, a staff of the Ugandan Parliament says the carnival is an opportunity to increase outreach and engage with the community. Parliament has set up a tent at the carnival, where, according to Bukuwa, the turn up is overwhelming.
 
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Another reveler from France only identified as Sebastian says the Festival is exciting stating that he is thrilled by innovations and ideas at the festival. He is particularly fascinated by youth creativity and innovation unveiled at the carnival. Sebastian says he has liked the idea of recycling wastes into bags, shoes, and jewelry in the carnival.
 
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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.