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Ssemagulu Royal Museum: Memory of Uganda's Past Transport

Ssemagulu Royal museum recently rescued Ben Kiwanukas car at Wakaliga police station where it was dumped when his house and residence in Nalukolongo Rubaga was demolished.
02 Jul 2018 15:45
Benz model 220D on display at Ssemagulu Royal Museum

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A vintage black Mercedes Benz sits on its flat tires, its head lights are no more but it has a lot of Uganda's history. It is one of the many historical collections kept at Ssemagulu Royal Museum located at Mutundwe a Kampala suburb.

The Benz 220D model believed to have been imported to Uganda in the early fifties, it was one of the relics rescued by Ssemagulu Royal Museum.

The black Benz, was one of the cars belonging to the fleet of cars used by Sir Andrew Cohen. Sir Andrew Cohen was the Governor of Uganda from 1952 to 1957.

Sir Cohen is said to have helped Uganda to self-government by increasing the Ugandan representation on the Legislative Council (Legco).

The Benz was one of the many items at the just concluded exhibition by Buganda Kingdom at Lubiri Mengo. It attracted many of the show goers.  The interior of this car had been vandalized by those that inherited it.

Even in that poor state, Bashir Muwonge, one of the guides at Ssemagulu Royal Museum explained that it still has to be preserved because it carries part of Uganda's history.  

//Cue in…………. nze muwonge …

Cue out………. bamatwale.”//

Speaking in Luganda, Muwonge says it is not the only car that they have rescued from homes of formerly prominent or wealthy persons mainly in Buganda.

Ssemagulu Royal museum recently rescued Ben Kiwanuka's car at Wakaliga police station where it was dumped when his house and residence in Nalukolongo Rubaga was demolished.

Benedicto Kagimu Mugumba Kiwanuka was the first prime minister of Uganda, a leader of the Democratic Party, and one of the persons that led the country in the transition between colonial British rule and independence

Still at Ssemagulu Royal Museum you will find a cart on display. Carts driven by horses were once used for transportation of the affluent and royal figures in Uganda. At the time, motorized transport was still limited or so expensive for natives.

It is believed that the cart on display may have been one of those that that transported sir Apollo Kaggwa.

Sir Apollo Kagwa served for over 37 years in the rein of Kabaka Daudi Chwa as a way showing the means of transport used in those times to the young generation.

///  Cue in………. ekigali ekyo….  Cue out………… yatambulila nga"/ .

But Ssemagulu royal museum decided to collect all these properties in order to show the young generations and have a feel of what happened before them plus also have a history to tell .

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