District location in Uganda
|• Land||730.9 km2 (282.2 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 Estimate)|
|• Density||407.2/km2 (1,055/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Busia District borders Tororo District to the north, Busia County, Kenya to the east, the Republic of Tanzania to the south, Namayingo District to the southwest and Bugiri District to the west. Busia, Uganda, where the district headquarters are located, lies approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi), by road, south of Tororo, the nearest large town. This location lies adjacent to the International border between Uganda and Kenya, immediately west of the Kenyan town also called Busia. The coordinates of the district are:00 23N, 34 00E.
Busia District became operational in 1997. Prior to March 20, 1997, the district was Busia County in Tororo District. The distance from the farthest parts of Busia District to the then district headquarters in Tororo, was one of the persuasive arguments made to justify granting Busia district status. Administratively, the district is divided into three divisions, each division forming a constituency in the Ugandan Parliament, namely:
- Samia Bugwe North
- Busia Municipality
- Samia Bugwe South
During the 1991 national population census, the population in the district was counted at about 163,600. In 2002, according to the national census that year, the district had a population estimated at 225,000. In 2012, the mid-year population of the district was estimated at 297,600.
- Ethnic groups
Notable people, native to Busia District, include:-
- Aggrey Awori - Former Uganda Minister of Information Technology (2009 - 2011)
- Barbara Nekesa Oundo - Current State Minister for Karamoja Affairs & Busia District Women's Representative in Parliament (2011–Present).
- Major General Francis Nyangweso (1939–2011) - Former military officer, champion boxer and member of the International Olympic Committee. Served at one time as Chief of Staff of the Ugandan Armed Forces and Minister of Defense in the 1970s.
- Benjamin Joseph Odoki - Former Chief Justice of Uganda
- James Munange Ogoola - Principal Judge of Uganda
- Denis Onyango - Ugandan International football goalkeeper
- Gabriel Opio - Former Minister of Gender, Culture and Labour (2009 - 2011)
- Fred Wabwire-Mangen - Professor of Epidemiology, Makerere University School of Public Health
Points of interest
The following points of interest are found in the district:
- The Majanji Landing site on Lake Victoria for fish, which is one of the main foods in the area. Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and it is the largest tropical lake in the world. Lake Victoria is also the world's second largest freshwater lake(Only Lake Superior in North America is larger.) In terms of its volume, Lake Victoria is the world's eighth largest continental lake.
- Busitema Forest is roughly 10 square miles (26 km2) bisected by the main highway between Uganda and Kenya in Busia. A pleasant surprise while passing through Busitema Forest is its resident population of baboons. They are so to say "spoiled", as passersby regularly feed them bananas. In fact, local reports say they occasionally get pretty aggressive with cars in search of food.
- Uganda District Map
- "Road Distance Between Tororo And Busia With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Estimated Population of Busia District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulaton.de. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Newvision, Archive (16 February 2011). "Ex-Uganda Olympics Boss Dead". New Vision. Retrieved 10 May 2014.