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Jinja regains its glory

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Over the last two decades or so, Jinja has been experiencing a re-birth, but in a different direction altogether. Major infrastructure development has taken place in form of two new power dams, reconstruction of the roads and new suspension bridge that hangs half a kilometer over the waters of the Nile.

Jinja regains its glory

A comparison of Jinja's main street in 1999 and the street now (File Pictures)

Over the last two decades or so, Jinja has been experiencing a re-birth, but in a different direction altogether. Major infrastructure development has taken place in form of two new power dams, reconstruction of the roads and new suspension bridge that hangs half a kilometer over the waters of the Nile.

By Joachim Buwembo

The world's longest river, the Nile, starts its life and 6,670km journey from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea in Jinja.

It is a Mecca of sorts for the world's topmost leaders, starting with India's iconic independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, whose ashes were brought here.

 erial view of inja entral arket and its sarroundings Aerial view of Jinja Central Market and its surroundings

The queen of England came to Jinja in 1954 although at the time Kampala was hostile territory to the British monarch because Kabaka Edward Mutesa II was confined in the UK following his deposition and deportation by Her Majesty's government. The Queen was here to commission the Owen Falls Dam. To expand the electricity output of the dam to capacity, the World Bank extended its very first loan to Uganda, even before the country attained independence to become a member of the World Bank.

 section of alufenya road constructed under  project in inja 2018A section of Nalufenya road constructed under USMID project in Jinja 2018

 

King Faisal of the most powerful Islamic country, Saudi Arabia, also came to Jinja 45 years ago to see the source of the Nile. He was accompanied by his host, President Idi Amin. 

ome of the old buildings along mainstreet in injaSome of the old buildings along Mainstreet in Jinja

 

Jinja had over the years of colonial rule and after grown into the country's industrial hub, and was home to many Indian businesses and families. Following their 1972 expulsion, the town's economic activities slumped, dwindled and all industries virtually shut down by the late seventies.

wen falls am in injaOwen falls Dam in Jinja

 

he ource of the ile ridge also ew inja ridge which was commissioned on ctober 17 2018 by the resident useveni is a cablestayed bridge across the ictoria ile in ganda t replaced the alubaale ridge which was built in 1954The Source of the Nile Bridge, also New Jinja Bridge, which was commissioned on October 17, 2018, by the President Museveni, is a cable-stayed bridge across the Victoria Nile in Uganda. It replaced the Nalubaale Bridge, which was built in 1954

 

Over the last two decades or so, Jinja has been experiencing a re-birth, but in a different direction altogether. Major infrastructure development has taken place in form of two new power dams, Nalubale and Budhagali, reconstruction of the roads and the marvelous new suspension bridge that hangs half a kilometer over the waters of the Nile.

 resident min withing aisal at the ource of the ile President Amin with-King Faisal at the Source of the Nile

 

But the most significant economic activity now is tourism. Being only 80 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala, a lot of domestic tourism takes place in Jinja. Many former residences have been redeveloped into hotels, as have new ones been built. Jinja is now arguably one of the most pleasurable places to be in Uganda.

ueen lizabeth  at the shores of wen alls am in inja 1954Queen Elizabeth II, at the shores of Owen Falls Dam in Jinja, 1954

 

ueen lizabeth during her visit to inja in 1954Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Jinja in 1954

 

inja ayor ajid atambuzeJinja Mayor Majid Batambuze

 

he aerial view of injaThe aerial view of Jinja

 

 

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