History of Uganda Railway

Lady Florence Preston drives the last sleeper key at the edge of Lake Victoria on December 20, 1901, to mark the end of the Uganda Railway Project. PHOTO COURTESY OF HENRY LUBEGA

What you need to know:

This week, we take you back to one of the biggest construction projects the British government undertook in the sub-Saharan Africa during the colonial days, the Uganda Railway.

Mogo wa’Kebiro, a Gikuyu medicine man, once prophesied that colonialists would one day bring an iron snake with as many legs as monyongoro (centipede), and that this iron snake would spit fire and would stretch from the big water in the east to another big water in the west of the Gikuyu country.

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