Mbale is a city in the Eastern Region of Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative, and commercial center of Mbale District and the surrounding sub-region.[3]

Mbale
Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Mbale is located in Uganda
Mbale
Mbale
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°04′50″N 34°10′30″E / 1.08056°N 34.17500°E / 1.08056; 34.17500
CountryFlag of Uganda.svg Uganda
RegionsEastern Uganda
SubregionBugisu sub-region
Government
 • MayorMutwalibi Mafabi Zandya[2]
Elevation
1,156 m (3,793 ft)
Population
 (2014 Census)
 • Total96,189[1]

LocationEdit

Mbale is approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda's capital and oldest city, on an all weather tarmac highway.[4] The city lies at an average elevation of 1,156 metres (3,793 ft) above sea level.[5]

The coordinates of the city are 1°04'50.0"N, 34°10'30.0"E (Latitude:1.080556; Longitude:34.175000).[6] The city also lies on the railway from Tororo to Pakwach. Mount Elgon, one of the highest peaks in East Africa, is approximately 48 kilometres (30 mi), north-east of Mbale, by road.[7]

PopulationEdit

According to the 2002 national census, the population of Mbale was about 71,130. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population at 81,900. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population at 91,800.[8] In 2014, the national population census put the population at 96,189.[1]

TwinningEdit

Mbale was formally linked with the town of Pontypridd, Wales through local and regional twinning ceremonies in 2005. The link was intended to associate professionals and organizations in Pontypridd with their counterparts in Africa, under the auspices of the charity known as the Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust.[9]

Points of interestEdit

 
Mbale Pentecostal Theological College

The following points of interest lie within the city limits or close to its borders:

AdministrativeEdit

Public facilitiesEdit

  • Mbale central market
  • Mbale Municipal Stadium

MilitaryEdit

Health facilitiesEdit

Educational institutionsEdit

Financial institutionsEdit

City statusEdit

In 2019 the Cabinet of Uganda, resolved to award Mbale, city status effective July 2021.[11] In November of the same year, Cabinet revised the date of city status to 1 July 2020.[12]

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b UBOS (27 August 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  2. ^ Mafabi, David (27 October 2013). "NRM Cadres Sabotaging Mbale Progress - Mayor". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ Draku, Franklin (22 May 2019). "Cabinet Elevates 15 Municipalities To Cities". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ Google (9 February 2021). "Distance between Kampala, Uganda and Mbale, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  5. ^ Floodmap (2019). "Elevation of Mbale, Uganda". Floodmap.net. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  6. ^ Google (10 June 2019). "Location of Mbale, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  7. ^ Google (9 February 2021). "Distance between Mbale, Uganda and Bugitimwa, Uganda With Map" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Estimated Population of Mbale In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Background of Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust". Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT). Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Location of Mbale Currency Centre". Bank of Uganda. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  11. ^ Franklin Draku (22 May 2019). "Cabinet Elevates 15 Municipalities To Cities". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  12. ^ Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam (5 November 2019). "Cabinet Includes Masaka, Mbale Among New Cities To Be Operational In 2020". Kampala: SoftPower Uganda. Retrieved 6 November 2019.

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Coordinates: 01°04′50″N 34°10′30″E / 1.08056°N 34.17500°E / 1.08056; 34.17500