- a city in and the capital of Uganda, in the S part.
- an independent state in E Africa, between the NE Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British protectorate. 91,065 sq. mi. (241,068 sq. km). Capital: Kampala.
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Examples from the Web for kampala
After that attack Godane warned: “What happened in Kampala was just the beginning.”Ahmed Abdi Godane Is Al-Shabab's Osama bin Laden
September 5, 2014
It crowd-sources petrol prices and was widely used during a recent petrol shortage in Kampala.Geeking Out: Uganda’s Women are Creating the Next Generation of Girl Geeks
January 5, 2014
Katende lives in Kampala with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters, Mercy and Hope.
In the capitol of Kampala, Ssempa is known for his boisterous crusading.Rick Warren's Africa Problem
January 7, 2009
Almost, but not quite; for, to tell the truth, no one has ever seen Kampala.
I was paypalling to a friend in Kampala who withdrew it in shillings and sent it to my family in giros.Makers
My time had been overstayed in Entebbe, so we took our departure for Kampala, the native capital.Seven Legs Across the Seas
But Kampala, the home of sixty thousand persons, is permanently invisible.
The road from Entebbe to Kampala passes 108 through delicious country.
- the capital and largest city of Uganda, in Central region on Lake Victoria: Makerere University (1961). Pop: 1 208 544 (2002 est)
- a republic in E Africa: British protectorate established in 1894–96; gained independence in 1962 and became a republic in 1963; a member of the Commonwealth. It consists mostly of a savanna plateau with part of Lake Victoria in the southeast and mountains in the southwest, reaching 5109 m (16 763 ft) in the Ruwenzori Range. Official language: English; Swahili, Luganda, and Luo are also widely spoken. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: Ugandan shilling. Capital: Kampala. Pop: 34 758 809 (2013 est). Area: 235 886 sq km (91 076 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for kampala
from Swahili u "land, country" + Ganda, indigenous people name, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
From 1971 to 1979, Uganda was ruled by the notorious military strongman Idi Amin. It is estimated that Amin killed as many as 300,000 Ugandans through internal purges and campaigns of terror before he was overthrown.
Under Amin, Uganda was a sponsor of international terrorism. In 1976, a French airliner was hijacked and flown to Entebbe Airport outside Kampala. An Israeli commando unit subsequently rescued the hostages in a sensational raid.
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