Kabaka's Nantawetwa Junction Gets New Look

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The round-about is now made of two large drums hoisting the Buganda shield with 2 spears representing the historical symbol for Buganda's mighty protection against adversaries. The monument stands at 11 meters in height and a diameter of 3 meters.

Nantawetwa Junction, a site comprising of a historical round about on Kabaka-Anjagala road, Mengo has been given a facelift.

The round-about is now made of two large drums hoisting the Buganda shield with 2 spears representing the historical symbol for Buganda's mighty protection against adversaries. The monument stands at 11 meters in height and a diameter of 3 meters.

The junction honors the Kabaka of Buganda as his main entrance from his palace (Lubiri) to the offices in Bulange, the administration center of the Kingdom. Over the years, the round -about was made of metals with a gate in between which would be opened only when the king is using the route.

Its reconstruction was commissioned in February 2015 as a donation by a group of Buganda subjects in commemoration of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi's 60th birthday.

The newly refurbished Nantawetwa round-about was today handed over to Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga by KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi.

Musisi said that the junction design was approved by the Kingdom. It was constructed at a cost of 135 million shillings, over 100 million Shillings less than the budgeted cost of 223 million Shillings.

"Since we did not have the 223m Shillings at hand, we decided to use engineers and technicians of KCCA than hiring a private construction company, I approached my friends and other officials in KCCA and we fund-raised money to construct the round-about", Musisi said.
 
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The Kingdom's Tourism Minister, Ritah Namyalo Kisitu said that the kingdom plans to turn the Kabaka-Anjagala road into a tourist attraction saying that the Kingdom is now looking at adorning the road with molds of the kingdom's totems.
 
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Buganda Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga said that the junction is a potential tourist attraction.
 
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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.