Buliisa District is a district in Western Uganda. As with most Ugandan districts, Buliisa District is named after its "main town" Buliisa, where the district headquarters are located.

Buliisa District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 02°11′N 31°24′E / 2.183°N 31.400°E / 2.183; 31.400Coordinates: 02°11′N 31°24′E / 2.183°N 31.400°E / 2.183; 31.400
Country Uganda
RegionWestern Uganda
Sub-regionBunyoro sub-region
 • Land2,498.3 km2 (964.6 sq mi)
 (2012 Estimate)
 • Total80,800
 • Density32.3/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)


Buliisa District is bordered by Nebbi District to the northwest, Nwoya District to the northeast, Masindi District to the east, Hoima District to the south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, across Lake Albert, to the west. The 'main town' in the district, Buliisa, is located approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi), by road, northwest of Masindi, the nearest large town.[1] The coordinates of the district are:02 11N, 31 24E.


Buliisa District was created in 2006 by the Ugandan Parliament. Prior to that, Buliisa District was part of Masindi District. The district is primarily rural and most people in the district are either pastoralists, fisherpeople or subsistence agriculturalists. The district is part of Bunyoro sub-region, which is coterminous with Bunyoro Kingdom. According to the 2002 national census, Bunyoro was home to an estimated 804,000 people at that time. The districts that comprise Bunyoro Kingdom include:


The 1991 population census estimated the population of the district at about 47,700. In 2002, the national census conducted that year estimated the district population at about 63,400, with an annual population growth rate of 2.2%. In 2012 the population of Buliisa District was estimated at about 80,800.[2]

Economic activitiesEdit

During the first 10 years of the 2000s, a considerable amount of crude oil deposits have been discovered in the district.[3] The Ugandan Government is in the final stages of preparing to start extracting the oil discovered in Buliisa and the neighboring districts.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Masindi And Buliisa With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Estimated Population of Buliisa District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  3. ^ Kaahwa, Martin (5 March 2009). "Massive Oil Well Tested In Bulisa". New Vision. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  4. ^ Thompkins, Gwen (3 February 2010). "Oil Find In Uganda Cause For Hope, Caution". National Public Radio (NPR). Retrieved 15 May 2014.

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