Namawojjolo, beyond the mouth-watering roasts

This is what Namawojjolo, along Jinja Road, is most popular for; vendors thrusting tasty pieces of roast meat and chunks of chicken at travellers. Photo by Dominic Bukenya.

What you need to know:

  • In the 1990s, a single room cost between Shs8,000 (muddy floor with no electricity) to Shs10,000 (cemented with electricity). Rental cost then raised to between Shs30,000 to Shs50,000 in 2000.
  • Ahummed Kigundu Kafeero, the in charge of security in the area, says; “We receive cases of petty thefts and a few house break-ins mostly when the owners are away. There is also a problem of people robbing goods off trailers that park by the road side at night,” he reveals.

Located 11km from Mukono town along the Jinja Road highway, Namawojjolo is popular for the muchomo hawkers who are a delight to travellers along that route. Most unique of the roast meat on sale are the chicken pieces that taste like no other you have eaten anywhere else.
If you care to notice, you will realise that the vendors shoving the meat delights through your car window will either wear maroon or blue gowns. Moses Mukasa Magaasi, the vice chairman of the area, explains that Namawojjolo is subdivided into two zones, Namawojjolo East and West, with two markets- maroon and blue. These are differentiated according to the gowns worn by the vendors.

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