The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Sarah Kizito Relaunches Centenary Park

Last Saturday, Sarah Kizito washed away the bad memories of what happened when Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) recently raided Centenary park and she was manhandled, with a relaunch of the place. KCCA's workers demolished part of the structures - many of them bars and restaurants - set up under Kizito's Nalongo Estates, citing breach of contract. During a war of words and punches, Kizito, who resisted the demolition, was eventually frog-marched to a waiting pickup truck and driven off the premises in not-so ladylike circumstances.

The demolition was later suspended. With the Band Aroma on stage at the poolside next to Club le Beaujolais, Kizito looked elegant as another bar, The Establishment, was opened with Toro princess Ruth Komuntale in the audience.

The Establishment is a new restaurant, café and bar built using organic wood, with its African elegance meeting a pitch-perfect party atmosphere at the poolside. Komuntale's fiancé Chris Thomas, who seemed to enjoy every moment at the poolside with his shisha, stormed the stage and dedicated a song, Giving Myself to You, to the princess, before taking to the dance floor.

Their dancing skills attracted all tribes of phones and cameras as guests captured the Kodak moment that lasted about five minutes.

"This is to assure whoever may have feared, that the place is fully functional like before and with a bang," said Kizito who vowed to modernize the place further.

With her husband, former boxer Godfrey Nyakana in tow, Kizito acted as both the chef and waitress as the number of the patrons overwhelmed her staff. By 10pm all drinks had been downed and another batch was offloaded as people tried to fight the chilly weather by dancing and drinking. Other happening places such as The Heights, Effendys and Kyoto were also operating normally.

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