In the district of Hoima, towards the TotalEnergies oil yard, a concrete road now runs alongside the red sand sidewalk on which shoe merchants, of clothes and donuts line up one after the other, sheltered from the sun under their umbrellas. Behind them follow one another the shops with colorful storefronts, decked out with colorful labels in the name of Airtel or even MTN, the telecom operators active in the country. In the same district, billboards touting the arrival of a new hotel and various new construction sites are legion.
“Five years ago it was a ghost town. It was all dust here,” says one resident, for whom the hotel boom and a combination of public and private investment have helped to energize the area. Construction of schools, a hospital, a football field et of