Homes and Property
When the city comes to your village
Posted Wednesday, October 23 2013 at 00:00
A few years ago, many parts of this city were like any typical Ugandan village. There is no doubt that Kampala has expanded very rapidly and is eating into some neighboring districts;
So what happens when the city comes to your village?
Forest comes to life
Mzee Yusuf Musoke of Kyanja, Nakawa Division says he has lived all his 78 years in Kyanja village and is amazed at the development in the area. “All there was then were bushes and forests teeming with wild animals like foxes, monkeys, edible rats and some antelopes, there were also edible wild birds like the guinea fowl but now all that is there is a concrete forest” he said pointing at the new houses in the area.
Most of my neighbours sold off their land and moved away so did my children whom l had given some land leaving me with only half an acre of land which also has our grave yard” Mzee Musoke says.
Mzee Musoke says he has come to accept the fact that his village is no longer a village, but part of the city, “previously we had bad roads, there was no running water and electricity but now, l have running water and electricity at my house.
“Travelling was also very difficult there were no boda boda’s, taxi’s or buses in our area, to travel to Kampala read town we either had to walk to Ntinda trading center or Kitetika along Gayaza road to get commuter transport” Mzee Musoke says. But that is now a thing of the past as there very many boda boda’s and taxi’s working 24/7.
The number of people on the village has also gone up, before we were very few people and we knew each other, but today every where you turn there is a stranger. There also very many new buildings of all shapes and sizes this is very good because formerly we used to share the village with snakes and other dangerous animals.
“We also did not have schools in the area and our children had to walk long distances everyday to go to school but now we have many schools on the village from nursery to secondary. House hold commodities were also difficult to come by but today, we have those big shops full of goodies and its only money that can let you down”.
Accidents, crime and aloofness
But all is not cozy as the invading city has come with it problems “because of the smooth roads in the area accidents are very high,” says Disan Kabogoza the LC1 chairman of central zone. He adds that crime is also on the rise as there many people in the area with different back grounds, with the big number of bars around people fight and those who do not have jobs waylay other and rob them off their valuables. House break ins are also rampant, “we have also lost some prominent people to armed robbers” Kabogoza says.
“The other challenge we are facing now is that these days there no free things, everything is for buying including sugar canes, mangoes and guavas’ all these we used to share with neighbor’s” Mzee Musoke says.
“I also miss my friends now l have to make new friends yet they are difficult to make because my neighbor’s seem busy l only see them moving in or out in their cars, they do not visit and when you visit they are either busy watching TV or say they are resting Mzee Musoke says. Am planning of also moving out of this place because l can not measure up to this place’s demands,”
Other areas that have turned into towns
Kyanja is not the only Kampala village that has been invaded by the city, there is Kulambiro just after Ntinda, this place was a typical village but today its one of the most sought after residential areas’ in the city.
Kiwatule also near Ntinda owes its “invasion of the city” to former Local government minister Jaberi Bidandi Ssali who extended electricity, water and had the roads tarmacked triggering up people’s interest in the “village” today to buy a plot or house in this area you literally have to pay through the nose.
Kirombe is the other city suburb that has completely changed, transport was a nightmare for the few people that used to live there but today its one of the best places to call home what with all the fashionable houses mushrooming all over the place and a large modern housing estate. Not very far away from Luzira Kirombe is Luzira Port Bell, this too was more of a fishing village than a residential area, but today the reverse is true; it’s more of a modern residential area than a fishing village.
Bukasa after Muyenga, has blossomed into a modern city suburb with up to standard supermarkets and other social amenities previously like any other village it had a poor road network, full of bushes teeming with dangerous reptiles like snakes and others, today most roads are tarmarcked and those that are not have first class murram.