Views from Fiona: Kimansulo Businesses in Kampala

Views from Fiona: Kimansulo Businesses in Kampala


Just when you thought that the kimansulo is as far as they will go in Kampala

The kimansulo or striptease created havoc and problems with the police but not to the magnitude of the new sex business in town. There is a new lucrative business peddling in human flesh licensed by the powers that be.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 30, 2005


Something crazy hits the Kampala streets daily. A few weeks ago Uganda took accolades as leading beer guzzlers in the world and at the rate at which we are going we might overtake Bangkok as the ‘red light district’.


A modern, day, sex trade business has hit our streets, elevating Kampala’s whistling night hawks [read hookers] to a highly organized office-based operations that deliver decent looking ladies to prospective clients. The mobile phone growth and improved communication, good hotels and the ever-burgeoning tourist industry has propelled Golden Friends ltd instant success. The company, whose slogan reads “Changing lives everywhere”, has been in operation for some time now but what struck us into delving much deeper were the series of their adverts on street poles and stumps around the city. On Kampala Road it reads; Need a lover for leisure? Call 077 *** *** and come to Kirumira Towers 2nd floor P.O Box 7*** Kampala. When we called the number a gruff male voice introduced himself as Suleiman and in a confident tone told us to come to their office as the business at hand couldn’t be discussed on phone and hung up.

The office on the 2nd floor is newly furnished and has a trading license from KCC. Amazingly, when we contacted KCC, the officer we talked to about the issue said that they don’t issue licenses to permissive businesses. Who ever said this business is not permissive?! Suleiman, the guy from Golden Friends ltd, told us that he is a deputy director so we got down to business. When asked their fee charges, we were told an hour on a weekday is UGShs 50,000 , 70,000 an hour on a weekend, 100,000 for a full day and 250,000 gets you a whole weekend! You call them and the goodies are delivered to the agreed rendezvous.

On the 18th August when some friends went back, they found the place abuzz with activity and at their register were 20 or so clients who had made contact before 2pm! The phone lines were ringing non-stop. The Suleiman guy told someone to handle these clients that had been there the previous day. On prodding for more information from the unnamed man, about who their clients are, they were told tourists mostly and the working class who preferred to be discreet. He said they are in constant contact with leading hotels around Kampala. One of the girls, my buddy chose, said they are paid 10,000 UGShs and the rest is for their bosses. If they return late their money is slashed. Carol said they aren’t prostitutes but they are decent girls looking for something to live on. She said Europeans are more generous in tipping them. By Sunday 21st August, after a similar story in the monitor, the police raided the office and took some of the girls they found and their bosses were cooling off at CPS. The regional police commander Benson Oyo Nyeko said they are going to be charged.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: August 30, 2005
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