Know Our Presidents


H.E. Yoweri K. Museveni

President of the Republic of Uganda 1986 - 2017


H.E. Uhuru M. Kenyatta

President of the Republic of Kenya 2013 - 2017


H.E. John Magufuli

President of the Republic of Tanzania 2015 - 2017


H.E. Paul Kagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda 2000 - 2017


H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza

President of the Republic of Burundi 2005 - 2017


H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit

President of the Republic of South Sudan 2011 - 2017


Historical Information

Uganda gained independence from Britain on 9th October 1962. The Country is located on the East African Plateau, lying mostly between latitudes 4°N and 2°S (a small area is north of 4°), and longitudes 29° and 35°E. It averages about 1,100 meters (3,609 ft) above sea level.

The capital city of Uganda is Kampala located in central Uganda and the population of Uganda is now at 37 million people (UBOS 2014).

Getting around in Uganda


English is the official language of Uganda, in Kampala commonly used languages is English and Luganda. Kishwalili has begun picking up in some areas of Kampala.


Transport for foreign delegates has been planned for from Entebbe International Airport to hotels of residence. Planned shuttling of foreign delegates in designated hotels to JAMAFEST venues will be provided. (See attached designated hotels). Transport for guided tours of delegates will be provided.

Commonly used means of transport in and around Kampala is the fourteen seater taxi (Matatu).There are also buses which operate on selected routes known as Pioneer. For safety reasons it is advisable to board the taxis from the taxi parks which are located in the Central Business District. Other means of transport commonly used in Kampala is the motorcycle commonly known as “BodaBoda”.


Uganda is a secure country and police surveillance are conducted throughout the night to maintain a secure environment.

Banking Services

There are several banks located in and around Kampala, these include but not limited to; Stanbic Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, Centenary Bank, Equity Bank, KCB Bank, Bank of Africa, Eco Bank, Housing Finance, Diamond Trust, UBA and DFCU bank. The banks open at 8.30am and close at 4.00pm on week days and 9.00am to 12.00pm on Saturdays however majority of the banks have automated machines and provide visa and inter switch services.

Also all these banks provide forex exchange services and there are other specific forex exchange bureaus which include; Prime Forex Bureau, Stanhope Forex Bureau, JafferyForex Bureau, ShumukForex Bureau among others.
Exchange rates> Us Dollar-
Us dollar-USD is currently changing at an average rate of Ug shillings 3600/=.

Medical Services

First aid services will be available at the JAMAFEST venues and other festival activities for instance the carnival and guided tours. Foreign delegates are advised to acquire medical insurance from their countries of origin.

Mulago National Referral Hospital is the main hospital of Uganda and is in proximity with the JAMAFEST venues. There are other hospitals both government and private. Hospitals that accept private insurance include but not limited to; Case hospital, IHK Hospital, AAR have been contacted to provide services to foreign delegates.

Telecommunications Services

There are a variety of telecommunications service providers in the country, they include, MTN, Airtel, UTL,Africell, Vodafone among others. The international dialing code for Uganda is +256. Sim cards can be obtained from the authorized service distributers however, subscribers need to be registered with authentic identifications preferably a passport for foreign nationals. A simcard costs approximately $1.


Kampala has a variety of shopping areas for clothes and textiles and these are located in arcades within the central business district. Other shopping areas include franchise supermarkets like Shoprite, Capital Shoppers and Quality Shoppers.


Uganda uses 240 volts and electrical sockets are of a three pin type with a rectangular blade.

Contact Information


Name Designation Contact
Pius Bigirimana PS Chairperson
National Organising Committee
+256 772 700201
Mpagi Jane Sanyu Deputy Chairperson NOC +256 772 516980
Kigenyi Benon Moses Chairperson, Finance +256 772 552517
Juliana Naumo Kuruhiira Chairperson, Secretariat +256 772 488038
Gwennie Kategaya Chairperson, Accreditation +256 772 503075
David Ntege Chairperson, Branding & Decoration +256751 386081
Amb. Sentongo Charles Chairperson, Protocol +256782135774
Eng. Gombya Ivan Chairperson, Construction +256752695236
Lumonya Jacob Chairperson, Transport +256 772 427630
Kayongo David M Chairperson, Health +256 755 378085
Byaruhanga Innocent Chairperson, Accommodation +256 78 702855
Tollea Franco Chairperson, Entertainment +256701071667
Byaruhanga Innocent Chairperson, Accommodation +256701071667
Kyomugisha Harriet Chairperson, Welfare +256 772 512 779
Mwijuka Collins Chairperson, Exhibition
and Market Place
+256 772 957584
Muguta Ruth Chairperson, Symposium +256772466606
ACP Arinaitwe Cohen Chairperson, Security +256 772325227
Friday Madina Chairperson, Sitting
and Ushering
+256 776417972
Agnes Nakitende Chairperson, Publicity +256 752522388
Ajiambo Emily Secretary to the Secretariat +256 774712234
Alarango Florence Representative of Ministry of
East Africa Community Affairs
+256 772469522