Proposed Redevelopment of Kabaka's Lake Takes Shape

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Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Mayiga says that any kind of development that is to be carried out at the lake should depict the historic perspective of the lake and the heritage upon which Kabaka Mwanga II relied to order for its digging.

Buganda Kingdom has assigned two technical companies to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment and provide an artistic impression for the proposed development of Kabaka's lake in Ndeeba, a suburb of Kampala.

The two companies; Air Water Earth (AWE) Ltd - an Environmental and Civil Engineering Consultant Company, and SASA Infrastructure Design Group have been given five months within which to carry out the task.

Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga said that the two companies will provide technical input, a basis of which, decisions on the proposed development will be made.

The kingdom had recently set up a committee to suggest the best ways of developing the lake into a tourist attraction that can also translate into revenue for the cultural institution.

Some of the proposed structures to sit on the 39.8 acres of land included a leisure park on 5 acres, an open exhibition and open craft market on 1.5 acres, jogging and cycling trails, Lake Museum, and an aquarium containing a collection of Buganda's aquatic species among others.

Others include a monument in memory of Ssekabaka Mwanga II, a garden and parking yard of 100 cars to cater for visitors to the park and to the lake. They also suggested a floating restaurant, water performance shows and a facility for water sporting activities.

However, Mayiga says that any kind of development that is to be carried out at the lake should portray the historic perspective of the lake and the heritage upon which Kabaka Mwanga relied to order for its excavation.

"The need to redevelop and safe guard Kabaka's lake cannot be over emphasized. It is one of the coveted items that showcase the heritage of Buganda Kingdom since it is a man-made lake and we need to ensure that we protect it for posterity", said Mayiga.

Mayiga said that the Kingdom needs to protect the lake from an environmental point of view since the water in the lake is naturally sourced through storm water and springs.
 
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He said that the Kingdom's cabinet believes that all proposed development ideas must be premised on technical advice from experts and must also be practical given the circumstances within which the Kingdom operates.
 
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Kenneth Ssemwogerere, the principal architect/project manager at SASA Infrastructure Design Group explained why impact assessment and artistic impressions are going to be made after a master plan for the development of the lake was unveiled before.

Ssemwogerere chaired the eight member committee that came up with proposed structures that could be set up at the lake.
 
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Eng. Lameck Kajubi, the chief Executive Officer Air Water Earth (AWE) Ltd explains their undertaking in regard to the proposed development.
 
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About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.