In the heart of the capital city of Kampala, another street named after King George VI takes visitors and lawmakers to the country’s parliament.
They have appealed to lawmakers to start a legislative process to rename these landmarks after national heroes.
“The local names of these parks, lakes, roads and marked places preceded the naming of many members of the British royal family across Uganda. This is just problematic,” said Apollo Makubua, a rights lawyer leading the campaign.
Makubuia told CNN that there was no reason for Uganda to continue displaying these signs even after gaining independence from Britain.
The past is inhumane
“We don’t want to tear down or vandalize statues or monuments, that’s why we’re talking to the government,” Makubaya told CNN.
For many years in the twentieth and twentieth centuries, Lugard was credited with advancing British imperialism in various parts of Nigeria, across West and East Africa. A street in the commercial city of Lagos is named after him.
This week, lawmakers in the port city are asking authorities to change the location of the place where the slaves were transported abroad to be marked according to the colonialists’ names.
This pressure is not an attempt to rewrite history, Lagos Legislative Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obsa said.
“We can change the names of these few buildings and streets. Some of the names remind us of these people who enslaved our people,” Obsa said.
“We need to change the name, but it doesn’t affect our history. We should look at history,” he said.