Mbale District is a district in Eastern Uganda. It is named after the largest city in the district, Mbale, which also serves as the main administrative and commercial center in the sub-region.

Mbale District
Dusk in Mbale district Uganda
Dusk in Mbale district Uganda
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 1°01′N 34°11′E / 1.017°N 34.183°E / 1.017; 34.183
Country Uganda
RegionEastern Uganda
Sub-regionBugisu sub-region
 • Land518.8 km2 (200.3 sq mi)
 (2012 Estimate)
 • Total441,300
 • Density850.6/km2 (2,203/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Location edit

Mbale District is bordered by Sironko District to the north, Bududa District to the northeast, Manafwa District to the southeast, Tororo District to the south, Butaleja District to the southwest and Budaka District to the west. Pallisa District and Kumi District lie to the northwest of Mbale District. Mbale, the largest town in the district and the location of the district headquarters, is located approximately 245 kilometres (152 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and the largest city in that country.[1] The coordinates of the district are:00 57N, 34 20E. It has an area of 518.8 square kilometres (200.3 sq mi). The districts of Bududa, Manafwa and Sironko were part of Mbale District before they were split off as independent districts of their own.

Population edit

The 1991 census estimated the district population at about 240,900. The 2002 national census put the population in the district at 332,600, with an annual population growth rate of 2.5%. In 2012, the mid-year population of Mbale District was estimated at 441,300.[2] A new national population census is planned for August 2014.[3] The district population is 92% rural.[4] The main ethnic group in the district are the Bamasaba or Bagisu.[5] The main language spoken in the district is Lugisu also known as Lumasaba.[5][6]

Economic activity edit

The primary economic activity in the district is agriculture. Some of the main crops are coffee, beans, matooke, maize, onions, potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Education edit

As of May 2014 there are several university campuses in Mbale, including the following:

Other institutions of learning include Mbale Secondary School, a mixed day middle and high school (grades 8 to 13), with about 4,000 students. The high school graduates about 250 students in mathematics and sciences, making it one of major science schools in Eastern Uganda. Bungokho Rural Development Centre offers vocational training and is located 3 miles (4.8 km), by road, outside of the town centre, opposite Bumageni Army Military Barracks which has Bumageni Army Children's Primary School.

Twinning edit

Mbale was formally linked with the town 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 charity Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust.[7]

Prominent people from Mbale edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Mbale With Map". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Estimated Population of Mbale In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ Baguma, Raymond (12 September 2013). "National Population Census for 2014". New Vision. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  4. ^ Trips, Gorilla (2020-02-26). "Major Ethnic Groups of Uganda – The top 10 tribes". Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  5. ^ a b Trips, Gorilla (2020-02-26). "Major Ethnic Groups of Uganda – The top 10 tribes". Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  6. ^ "Mbale District Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Profile" (PDF). Uganda Disaster Risk Information Centre. 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Background About Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust". Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT). Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2014.

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