The Second Part of the Tour
03.19.2017 - 03.19.2017
Our Sunday urban tour continued with a stop at the Kasanvu Slum located on the Nakivubo Channel, a stop which was arranged in advance by our guide Kenneth Rutundo. It was sobering to view the dire conditions of polluted water, limited infrastructure in terms of road maintenance and garbage collection, and the tiny housing units on the crowded and narrow streets. There are two main flushing toilets available for the entire community. Kasanvu slum is located at the bottom of a hill in the Namuwongo section of Kampala. We were able to meet the de factor mayor of Kasanvu, a gentleman named Masengeri who is the long-time council leader of the slum. I was surprised that such a position exists, and crestfallen that an organizational structure of this type signifies more permanance than I had recognized.
As we drove up the hill, we again noted that the homes increased in value with the slope. At the top of the hill are more spacious homes complete with landscaping and fencing, with a view of the slum just a short distance away on the right in the valley we had just driven through.