In the heart of the capital Kampala, another street named King George VI brought tourists and legislators into the country’s parliament.
They have asked legislators to initiate legislative procedures to rename these landmarks with their national heroes.
Apollo Makubuya, a rights lawyer, said: “The parks, lakes, roads and landmarks have local names before they are named after members of the British royal family across Uganda. This is very problematic.”
Makubuya told CNN that even if Uganda is independent of Britain, there is no reason to continue to display these landmarks in Uganda.
Makubaya told CNN: “We don’t want to destroy or go down the route to demolish statues or monuments, that’s why we talk to the government.”
Lugard is well-known worldwide for promoting British imperialism throughout West and East Africa. He ruled many parts of Nigeria in the 20th century. A street in the commercial city of Lagos is named after him.
This week, parliamentarians in port cities store artifacts that sent slaves abroad, and they asked the authorities to change the landmarks named after the colonists.
Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos Parliament, said that this push was not an attempt to rewrite history.
Obasa said: “We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets. Some of these names remind us of those who enslave our people.”
He said: “We need to change the name, but this will not affect our history. We should look at the history.”