The parliament of Uganda is open to the public. One can either tour this impressive building or watch the parliamentarians in action from Tuesday to Thursday from 2 – 4 pm. make sure you are decently dressed, carry a valid identification card and go to the public relations department for permission to arrange and visit the Parliament building of Uganda and can be combined with many other activities around Kampala city as below.
The Parliament of Uganda derives its mandate and functions from the 1995 Constitution, the Laws of Uganda and its own Rules of Procedure.
The Constitution contains articles which provide for the establishment, composition and functions of the Parliament of Uganda and empowers Parliament “to make laws on any matter for the peace, order, development and good governance of Uganda”, and “to protect the Constitution and promote democratic governance in Uganda”.
The term of Parliament is five years from the date of its first sitting after a general election. The current Parliament (10th Parliament) started in May 2016 and ends in May 2021.
Idi Amin’s torture chambers- lubiri bulange
The Idi Amin torture chamber is located in Lubiri Mengo palace of the King of Buganda kingdom and the purpose of building this chamber was to act as an armory to protect the better keeping of the gunfire. Besides that, by then Idi Amin was Uganda’s president for his short ruling power in life.
Gadhafi’s national mosque
The Uganda National Mosque is a mosque located at Kampala Hill in the Old Kampala area of Kampala, Uganda. Completed in 2006, it seats up to 15,000 worshipers and can hold another 1,100 in the gallery, while the terrace will cater for another 3,500.
Nakasero Market is a market in Kampala, Uganda, located at the foot of Nakasero hill. It sells fresh food, textiles, shoes and cheap electronics. Nakasero market is located 50 meters off the Entebbe Road. It is one of the biggest markets in Kampala city central business District
The Kasubi royal tombs
The Kasubi Tombs in Kampala, Uganda, is the site of the burial grounds for four kabaka’s and other members of the Baganda royal family. As a result, the site remains an important spiritual and political site for the Ganda people, as well as an important example of traditional architecture.
The bahai temple
The Bahai Mother Temple of Africa, also known as the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar, is the only Bahá’í temple on the continent and one of only nine around the world. The temple on the hill is located about three kilometres (two miles) from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
As there are large numbers of followers in neighbouring countries, including Chad and Kenya, it is not entirely evident why Uganda was chosen as the location for the first African temple. What is known is that English and Iranian followers of the faith arrived in Uganda in 1951 hoping to introduce Bahá’í to local citizens. By 1952, there were over 100 followers of Bahá’í’ in Uganda. The following year, the pioneers left to spread the faith in other parts of the continent. Six years later, the foundation stone was laid for the first and only Mother Temple of Africa, and the Bahá’í Intercontinental Conference for Africa was held in Kampala to mark the occasion
Namugongo Martyrs Shrine
About 15 km east of Kampala city lies the Namugongo martyrs’ shrine where more than 20 catholic and Anglican martyrs were burnt alive on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga in June 1886. Consequently, christians from eastern and central Africa and indeed the world over flock to Namugongo to pay their respects and renew their faith by paying pilgrimage to the martyrs on June 3rd, every year. A church was constructed in the shape of a traditional Baganda hut (akasiisiira) in memory of the martyrs. It stands on 22 copper pillars representing the 22 catholic martyrs. In front of the main entrance to the church, below the altar is the spot where Charles Lwanga, the leader of the Catholics was burnt on June 3rd 1886.The church was consecrated by Pope Paul VI on August 2nd, 1969.
National Theatre Monument
Uganda National Cultural Centre commonly known as National Theatre has a lineup of great live music, film, dance and drama in the auditorium. There are bars, restaurants and nightly outdoor events including jam sessions, drumming and comedy nights.
Buganda Royal Tombs Kasubi
Kasubi Royal Tombs is the burial site for the Kings and royal family members of the Buganda Kingdom. UNESCO listed Kasubi Tombs for their significance to the Kingdom. A visit to the Kasubi Tombs gives visitors an impression of a rural village with its impressive grass thatched hut originally built for Kabaka Mutesa I as a palace in 1882, which was turned into a burial site after his death two years later.
African Traditional Markets in Kampala-Uganda
Kampala City is dotted with colorful crafts markets which are also called craft villages. These Markets sell vibrant crafts ranging from prints, baskets, paintings, pottery, jewelry and much more. While some are in permanent locations such as the Craft Village behind the National Theatre and Craft Centre on Buganda Road, some are weekly and monthly including one in Makindye a Kampala suburb and one in front of the Railway Station in the city center. Get a chance to interact with the artists and even ask them to make something especially for your request.
The Uganda Museum
The Uganda Museum established in 1908, is the oldest museum in East Africa. The museum displays Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural historical exhibitions, a vivid reminder of the country’s colorful past. It also features a collection of traditional musical instruments, which are free to play.
Restaurants for Local Foods
Kampala has got a variety of restaurants which are a premium eatery offering a completely unique and fine dining experience centered on Ugandan local food. Using fresh, natural flavors, top quality produce and expert technique, it creates intense food that is unpretentious but delicious and beautiful to behold. If a step away from the norm is something you’re looking for, dine at one of these restaurant for that authentic Ugandan food experience.
Arts and Gallery
The Arts and Gallery scene in Kampala is blooming, so many talented artists are showcasing impressive and eccentric pieces of art, paintings, crafts, prints and more. Support an artist as you buy something for your home or loved one. Art Galleries focuses on promoting and exhibiting, an ideal place for artists and art lovers.
Ugandan Boda boda Rider
There is no more authentic way to tour this capital than on a boda boda. A boda boda is a motor bike taxi as a passenger; the rider will take you through every nook and cranny of the city, saving you the task of climbing the numerous hills as you get there fast and hassle free to see the city from various vantage points. Boda bodas originated from the border with Kenya crossing from Ugandan border to the one of Kenya and since then they called them bado boda. They are risky though they save you time from the Kampala traffic.
Wandegeya Market is located in the school district in Kampala. Filled with a youthful vibe, this market has boutiques, salons, fresh produce and offices. It’s also home to the legendary Rolex and TV Chicken a Kampala’s popular street foods featuring an omelet, raw tomatoes and grilled chicken mixed together with fries and an assortment of vegetables like cabbages, tomatoes, carrots and green pepper respectively. If you are ever in Wandegeya for anything, it should be for either the Rolex or the TV Chicken or both.
Parliament of Buganda Kingdom Bulange Mengo
Bulange is the Buganda Kingdom’s administration and parliament. In the past, sessions used to be held under trees before they moved to the grass-thatched building. Construction for Bulange began in 1955 when Ssekabaka Mutesa returned from exile in Scotland with a drawing of how he wanted it to look. It was completed in 1958. It’s a good place to learn about the history and culture about Buganda. Ladies shouldn’t wear trousers when visiting this place as far as the culture of the Buganda people. Contact Great Adventure Safaris about visting the Parliament of Uganda and things to do in Kampala.