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Entebbe

Entebbe is a city in Uganda. The city was, at one time, the seat of government for the Protectorate of Uganda, prior to Independence in 1962. Entebbe is the location of Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest commercial and military airport, best known for the dramatic rescue of 100 hostages kidnapped by terrorists of the PFLP and Revolutionary Cells (RZ) organizations. On the northern shore of Lake Victoria in Uganda, Entebbe is home to more than 100,000 people. The British established Entebbe as a colonial administrative center in 1893, and it was once the capital of colonial Uganda. Entebbe is known for its National Botanical Gardens and the Uganda Wildlife Education Center and Zoo. Entebbe's climate and weather make it a pleasant place to visit at any time of year.

With a population of 90,500, the majority of Entebbe's residents are civil servants for government ministries. Others make their livelihood through agriculture, fishing, producing consumer goods, or through small-scale industry. The primary languages are English and Lugandan. Entebbe is 21 miles from Kampala, the capitol of Uganda, and on the shore of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in Africa. In the local Luganda language the word Entebbe means "seat" or "chair", and it gained this name from a legend which related that a local Buganda chief, Mugula, used to rule the area from his chair, or throne, which was carved out of the rock near the present airport.

Entebbe has the status of a game sanctuary, and main attractions include the Ugandan Wildlife Education Center, the Botanical Gardens, and beaches along Lake Victoria. Residents of Entebbe are very concernedthat development happen in a sustainable way. Entebbe is administered by the Municipal Council and an elected Mayor (also a council member). The District Service Committee appoints the Town Clerk, who is the chief administrative executive and city accounting officer. In addition, there are many clubs, associations, and NGOs that provide activities for children, work on community issues, and deliver services. Entebbe has a sister city relationship with Dorset County in the UK for exchanges between teachers and children. Entebbe means "seat" and received its name from the rocky seats where Mugula, a chief of the Ganda people, would hold court and adjudicate cases.

Entebbe features a tropical rainforest climate with relatively constant temperatures throughout the course of the year. Entebbe has noticeably wetter and drier months, with January being the city's driest month and a noticeably drier stretch from July through September. However, since average monthly precipitation in each of these months is above 60 mm, Entebbe has no true dry season and therefore falls under the tropical rainforest climate category. Entebbe's wettest months are April and May, when, on average, roughly 250 mm of rain falls in each of these months. Entebbe's average annual temperature is approximately 21 degrees Celsius.

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