King George V Independence Monument Goes Missing

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King George V played a pivotal role in shaping modern day Uganda Mujuni Raymond

King George V played a pivotal role in shaping modern day Uganda

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A statue unveiled by then Prime Minister Apollo Milton Obote on 5th October, 1962, ahead of Uganda attaining independence has gone missing.

A statue unveiled by then Prime Minister Apollo Milton Obote on 5th October, 1962, ahead of Uganda attaining independence has gone missing.

The statue of King George V, which used to be in the Sheraton hotel public gardens was unveiled four days to Uganda’s independence to recognize the British king for his efforts in helping define modern day Uganda.

King George V left a legacy as the first British King to accept a legislative body to operate in Uganda which in turn led to the Legislative Council’s formation.  It was also under his reign that the borders for Uganda as a protectorate were fixed and remain.

The statute has reportedly been missing from the gardens for several years now. When contacted to disclose its present whereabouts, Sheraton Hotel management declined to comment. Hotel management would not also reveal exactly when the statue went missing from the public gardens.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) publicist Peter Kaujju confirmed to Uganda Radio Network that the statute was part of the gardens when then Kampala City Council (KCC) entered into an agreement with Sheraton management for the hotel to maintain the gardens in 2005.

KCCA has written to the hotel to re-open the gardens to the public. The gardens were fenced off by the hotel management without KCC's consent. The statute is one of the properties in the confines of the garden that KCCA lists in its communication.

The grandson of King George V, the Duke of Kent Prince Edward is one of the important dignitaries expected to grace the Jubilee celebrations on October 9.

 

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