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If it’s got to be cheap, stylish and down to earth, then it’s got to be Kikoni. To many, Kikoni is the capital city of Makerere because it harbours all that a modern city has: the rich, the poor, a residential area characterized by the wealthy and the abandoned side where the low income earners reside. But alas!

Kikoni, Makerere
Kikoni, Makerere

I think this is too boring a description if one is thinking of the great city, the only famous synonym that rhymes with Kikoni is Rolex, not Rolex the watch but the chapatti and eggs sandwich which is the most consumed food by the male campusers of the vicinity. After almost every 10 metres is a chapatti stand at your footstep offering the Rolex and most commonly the next will be a fast food restaurant. Food is so cheap in Kikoni that one can feel their stomach with less than shs2,000.

Interesting about this place is that Hello food arrived there even before they made the official app popular. Back then, most food business owners offered room service for example an order from “You got served” a popular eatery in Kikoni would charge you shs500 for a door step delivery.

Food can’t be the only warm thing to describe a city but however, even the low cost of living makes campus life bearable, from food, dressing and transport for example Kikoni is still among the few places in Kampala were shs500 is enough money to get you to Kampala’s city center.

More to it is that even with the ghetto like nature of the city, the crime rate in the area is limited thanks to the presence of protection from the two police posts. In one sentence, Kikoni is one of those KCCA’s achievements under Jennifer Musisi because they furnished it with a tarmacked road, street lights, eradication of kiosks….what more could one yearn for to live a pompous life?


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Leah Kamalinda
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