Kampala’s noisy bikes, guns and cleaner streets

In General

Kampala’s hilly terrain is a contrast from Nairobi’s near perfect plateau, its numerous motorbikes are a bother but it is relatively clean compared to Nairobi.

Walking in the streets, don’t watch the cars, watch the bikes, they are more lethal and will not stop to check on you.  The number of guns is also way too much, security guards have guns too, one would imagine a gun being fired even in the event of a petty shoplifting and that can be really dangerous.

The cost of doing business is much lower than in Nairobi with the cost of a decent hotel room in a descent location way much lower than in Kenya. Its small radius perhaps has helped to crowd people on the streets especially in downtown Kampala.

Less corrupt

The fertile country is also less corrupt going by the quality of roads and highways they have built especially leading to Kenya’s border.  One feels the bus has embarked on a different quality of road immediately you cross the border at Busia.

A rotting rail line left behind by years of neglect is also another similarity with Nairobi. Kampala boasts several banks both local and foreign making a busy financial center for the country.

However having to deal with currency conversion every time you do a purchase is quite involving, and the city has its own share of unscrupulous businessmen, they seem to sell anything you ask them.

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My laptop charger has broken and when I inquire around for another one, even those who don’t deal in computer accessories are ready to walk all over town trying to get your order instead of referring you to the shop. When you tell them they have brought you fake stuff, some of them become angry, saying I have wasted their time.

Am writing this article from the center of Kampala in a hotel room and that’s one of the priceless things you get when you work for yourself, no specific office location, it be can anywhere in the world.

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