Banda, Uganda

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Banda is located in Kampala
Location in Kampala
Coordinates: 00°21′14″N 32°37′57″E / 0.35389°N 32.63250°E / 0.35389; 32.63250
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Kampala District
Division Nakawa Division
Elevation 4,070 ft (1,240 m)

Banda is a hill that lies in Nakawa Division, within Kampala, the capital of Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community. Banda also refers to the neighborhoods on the slopes of the hill and between Banda Hill and Kireka, extending all the way to the Kampala-Jinja Highway. The southwestern slopes of the hill are occupied by the neighbourhood known as Kyambogo, and is the location of the campus of Kyambogo University, one of the nine public universities in the country.


Banda is bordered by Kiwaatule to the north, Kireka to the east, Kinnawattaka to the southeast, Mbuya to the south, Nakawa to the southwest, Ntinda to the west and northwest. The location of the hill is approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), by road, east of Kampala's central business district.[1] The coordinates of Banda Hill are:0°21'14.0"N, 32°37'57.0"E (Latitude:0.353889; Longitude:32.632500).[2]


The full name of Banda is Bandabalogo. Prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Kabaka Muteesa I Mukaabya Walugembe Kayiira, the 30th Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda, who reigned from 1856 until 1884, maintained a palace on the hill. It was at this palace that British explorer John Hanning Speke met Kabaka Walugembe Muteesa I in 1862. Muteesa detained Speke for some months before finally releasing him in his quest to look for the source of the Nile River. At Banda, Muteesa faced many misfortunes, which he attributed to ill luck or witch-craft, thus the name Bandabalogo ("Wizards of Banda"). He left Banda and built another palace at Nabulagala which he later called Kasubi, named after his mother’s village in Kyaggwe County, which is now known as Mukono District. Today, the great, great grandson of Muteesa I, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, the reigning Buganda monarch, maintains a palace on the hill with the entrance facing west, as is the tradition.[3]

Starting in 1958, the government of Uganda began establishing educational institutions on the southern and southwestern slopes of the hill, in the neighborhood known as Kyambogo. The institutions were merged in 2001 to form Kyambogo University, the third public university established in the country.[4]


At the top of the hill is a military detach. Banda is also the location of Nabisunsa Girls’ School, a public residential all-girl high school, located north and east of the university.[5] Kyambogo College School, a mixed, public non-residential secondary school is also located on the hill.[6] On the higher reaches of the hill are located upscale residential homes. On the lower reaches of the hill, there are shops, small-scale industries, a stone quarry, warehouses and low-income rental residencies. The Somali entrepreneur Amina Moghe Hersi owns Kingstone Enterprises Limited, a cement distributorship, whose headquarters are located in Banda.[7]

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest lie on Banda Hill or close to it:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map Showing Central Kampala And Banda With Distance Indicator". Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Google, . "Location of Banda, Uganda At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "19th Century History of Banda Hill". Uganda Travel Guide. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Kasozi, A.B.K. (30 October 2013). "Merging Kyambogo University Was A Mistake". New Vision. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Batte, Edgar (12 November 2012). "Nabisunsa Girls' School, Proud History, Lofty Goals". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Businge, Conan (10 February 2011). "Best Senior Five Schools Named". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Business, . (14 July 2014). "Uganda's Female Entrepreneur Moghe Takes Capital To New Heights". The New Economy Magazine. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Nakabugo, Zurah (22 January 2015). "Kyambogo University To Get UShs72 Billion To Modernise Science". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Sanya, Wilfred (19 July 2014). "Nabisunsa Students Honour Mandela On 96th Birthday". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Namutebi, Joyce (24 April 2014). "Why Kabaka Mutebi Refused The Monthly USh5 Million From The Central Government". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 

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Coordinates: 00°21′14″N 32°37′57″E / 0.35389°N 32.63250°E / 0.35389; 32.63250