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Muyenga

Muyenga

Map of Kampala showing the location of Muyenga.

Coordinates: 00°17′38″N 32°36′41″E / 0.29389°N 32.61139°E / 0.29389; 32.61139

District Kampala District
Region Central Uganda
District Kampala Capital City Authority
Division Makindye Division
Elevation 1,306 m (4,285 ft)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Muyenga is a hill in Kampala, Uganda's largest city.

Location

Muyenga is bordered by Bukasa to the east, Kiwuliriza to the north, Kisugu and Kabalagala to the west, Kansanga to the southwest, Kiwafu to the south and Kyeyitabya to the southeast. The coordinates of Muyenga Hill are: Latitude:0.2938; Longitude:32.6114.

Overview

Muyenga, at its peak, stands 4,285 feet (1,306 m) above sea level and is one of the highest points in the city of Kampala. For that reason, the hill was chosen to house the water storage tanks for National Water and Sewerage Corporation, which supply Kampala, Kira and Mukono.[1] Because of the water tanks, Muyenga is also known as Tank Hill. The hill commands expansive views of the city towards the north and the west. To the east and the south the predominant view is that of nearby Lake Victoria.

Prior to Uganda's Independence in 1962 and through the 1960s and 1970s, Muyenga was an upscale residential area, on account of the excellent views and cool breezes. After the removal of the Obote II regime in 1986, there followed a period of rapid, unplanned and coordinated development of the real estate on Muyenga. As a result, it is an area with good houses but with a chaotic road and drainage system. Many of the property owners on the hill are from government and business who bought plots and put up expensive buildings without conforming to the rules of urban planning. Kabalagala, a neighborhood to the west of Muyenga, suffered from the same mismanagement of urban planning.[2]

Landmarks

Landmarks on Muyenga Hill or near the hill include:

External links

  • About Muyenga
  • Ownership of Hotel Diplomate

See also

References

Coordinates: 0°17′38″N 32°36′41″E / 0.2938°N 32.6114°E / 0.2938; 32.6114

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