It was after a long workshop days. I went to Kampala to join a workshop arranged by Activista Uganda. As i live in Kumi. It was very hard to get in the Capital. Because of the road condition and private service was not that good here. The road condition is also not very good. Anyways it was the last day of July. My office told me I have to go to Kampala to join the workshop and give them report. and I have to use the public transports. I was little nervous because I haven’t use the public transport in Uganda before for such a long journey. But office told me not to worry because there are two local boy will be accompany me towards the workshop. Anyways, the desired day I prepare myself to go for Kampala. It was a two days program so I have to arrange a few things before I go. Paul from Activista Wiggins School and Hussein From Bukedea will join me to this journey. That was it. But I was not hoping to have a nice adventurous ride to come back to Kumi again.
After Workshop successfully ends, We were about to go. Hussein will be go by his own because he has some important works to do. Me and Paul as we live in the same town we will go together. Anyways one of my office mate Moses requested me to if possible take a stop to Lugazi (next town to Kampala if you are travelling to Kumi) and meet his wife and his daughter and give her something. As I don’t have any work pending in the office I said why not? So after we finished our workshop I ask Paul that I am going to stop at Lugazi and spend some time there if he have any problem or not. He was very happy to accompany me! and then he told me as we are stoping in Lugazi, why don’t we visit the Jinja. We can then visit the source of the Nile and also can visit a tourist city. It was a superb offer for me. So I agreed.
So soon we say bye to everyone and ride to the taxi of Lugazi. And After around like two hours we reached Lugazi and called Tina (Moses’s wife). She came to the taxi park and ask if we have time we must go to visit their house as her mother is expecting us. Again! though I dont have any work pending and I want to do little socialising I see at Paul’s face 😛 . Paul said yes we must go but told me silently by his eyes that we must hurry!
Tina’s Mother works in a hospital of a big industry called Mehta Group. Actually this is one of the biggest Industry in Uganda. Half of Lugazi’s area is in this big industry. And this Industry is founded by someone named Mehta a very long time ago. Who is an Indian. He came here and build this factory to serve the nation. They have Sugar, Cable and Engineering Industry. The Factory area consists two schools for children, Hospital and quarters for the workers. I was astonished to see how big it is and and Indian made it here in Uganda. I mean I saw lot of Indian doing business here but like this? I didn’t know that. And the area of factory is reminding me the Tata Steel Factory in Jamshedpur. Though I didn’t saw it but, I think it will be something like this. lot of security and lot of facilities for the workers here. which is very impressive. I mean they have every facility for the workers as well as their children. Also they have very pleasant environment down there. For those who wants to know more about the Mehta group the link is here: Mehta Group, But please allow me to continue my experience.
We end up meeting Tina’s family. And its a typical ugandan family with lot of people. The funniest part is Tina have three more sisters and they all named Tina! Isn’t it a but funny? Actually they all have different name. But in Africa they have two names, one is for the tribe name and another one is considered as English name. For Tina and their sisters they have different tribal name but same English name! I think they ran out of names that is why this system. After reaching their home. I met Blessing. She is Moses’s daughter and very cute one. She is very adorable and nice. And the family? they reminds me the typical bangladeshi family and that kind of warm welcomes. Same smile and same kind of treatment if you go to visit new bangladeshi family. And Blessing! she was really blessing for everyone with her cute smile on face.
After meeting them and have a warm welcome Paul was showing me the watch and telling me we are getting very late. So we again started our journey. This time our destination was Jinja. Anyways we say bye to Tina and her family and start to our next destination. I was about to go to taxi park, but Paul told me to go somewhere else, If we are lucky enough we can have private means which can go though that road and give us lift, obviously we have to spend some money but its cheap and more comfy than a public transport. So I asked Paul is that safe enough? he replied as we are two so it is safe. So we waited for around like 10 minutes and we got someone who is going to Jinja. Lucky us! Paul settled down the deal with 5000 for both of us till Jinja. It was a nice ride. After like around 45 minutes we reached Jinja. Now its time to visit The Source of the Nile! Long waited Nile.
We reached there it was pleasant weather in Jinja. Jinja was like just another town of Uganda. lots of old houses and wide straight road. But here the big difference from any other city is the handcraft shops and pleasant warm weather and lot tourists. Also various kinds of Hotel. So we took a boda boda and went directly to the spot. After buying the ticket which was 12000 for foreigners and 1000 for local person, we got a guide and with him we go to visit the source of Nile. Nile is also the power source of Uganda, they have a water electric plant in the Nile which produces power. That is why Jinja also have a good number of industries. When we was going I saw a board where it shows from here which countries connected Nile so far, and i was astonished to see the name of Bangladesh on that board. Anyways Nile started from the ground. and here we are seeing the white Nile. It started from Victoria Lake and also there is another falls which is now down under water called Ripon Falls what makes the Nile. Then it Passes through Tanzania and Ethiopia, after that it meets the blue Nile in Sudan and start journey towards Egypt. From there the Nile keeps the connection towards the other continent of the world, Mainly Europe and Asia. It was Mr. John Hanning Speke who first claimed to found the Source of the Nile. And there is also a monument of Mohondas Karamchand Gandhi, After his death, some of his ashes were scattered here in the source of Nile, remembering his contribution for Africa. Anyways the place was very pleasant, and the place was full of ugandan handicrafts and souvenirs. The boat showed me the way to the source of the Nile. Paul was very happy to see it, because it was his first time to see the Nile source.
After visiting Nile I told Paul that I want Indian food. actually I was missing that aroma of spices i used to have on my food, So Paul showed me a good Indian restaurant where we enjoyed Chicken biriyani with lot of spices. I was very happy and Paul was suffering for the Pili Pili (Chilli) 🙂 . After having launch we start back our journey to Kumi while it was very nice breezing rain through my window of bus, and James was singing on my ipod, while I was thinking life is beautiful because of this little memories. It was one of my best day so far in Uganda.