Busia District

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For the area in Kenya formerly known as Busia District, see Busia County.
Busia District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°23′N 34°00′E / 0.383°N 34.000°E / 0.383; 34.000
Country Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
Capital Busia
 • Land 730.9 km2 (282.2 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 297,600
 • Density 407.2/km2 (1,055/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website Homepage

Busia District is a district in the Eastern region of Uganda. Like many other Ugandan districts, it is named after its main town, Busia.


Busia District borders Tororo District to the north, Busia District, Kenya to the east, the Republic of Tanzania to the south, Namayingo District to the southwest and Bugiri District to the west.[1] Busia, Uganda, where the district headquarters are located, lies approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi), by road, south of Tororo, the nearest large town.[2] 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:


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.[3]


Ethnic groups

The indigenous tribe in the district are the Samia and Bagwe with many clans, including the following, arranged alphabetically:

  • Baakuna
  • Baamani
  • Baanga
  • Babooli
  • Babimbi
  • Babolwa
  • Baburi
  • Bachaki
  • Bachimo
  • Badde
  • Bafofoyo
  • Bafuta
  • Bagonya
  • Bahabondo
  • Bahanja
  • Bahasoho
  • Bahauli
  • Baherebura
  • Baheri
  • Bahima
  • Baholo
  • Bahokosi
  • Bahunne
  • Bahunja
  • Bakamondo
  • Bakangala
  • Bakanja
  • Bakemo
  • Bakombe
  • Bakobe
  • Bakoolo
  • Balanda
  • Balako
  • Baleke
  • Balucha
  • Balundu
  • Balyali
  • Bakwala
  • Bamakwa
  • Bamwaya
  • Bamakoya
  • Bamanyi
  • Bamulembo
  • Bamurwa
  • Bamwaya
  • Bangale
  • Banyanga
  • Banyideti
  • Banyiremi
  • Basabale
  • Basirwa
  • Bataabona
  • Batala
  • Bamayindi
  • Balindo
  • Babwibo
  • Balumbi
  • Bakanja
  • Bamulimba
  • Bachuwedo
  • Basinywa
  • Basubo
  • Bahumachi
  • Basyakhuba
  • Bachonga
  • Bamwaya
  • Bajabi
  • Basiye
  • Badira
  • Banyineki
  • Banyihodo
  • Bakooli
  • Bamagola
  • Bachaki
  • Bayidi
  • Batabona
  • Bamayindi
  • Basireku
  • Basibwohi
  • Bamahya
  • Bayengere
  • Babyangu
  • Bajjabi
  • Basoyi
  • Bayayi
  • Bapodi
  • Bakiroya
  • Banyanga
  • Babulu
  • Batamala
  • Bakooli
  • Balako
  • Basyaka
  • Basikho
  • Bakomolo
  • Baseera
  • Bahatuba
  • Basimaama
  • Bakiroya
  • Badera
  • Banyihodo
  • Basibawa
  • Basibawa
  • Basubo
  • Bawanda
  • Bayini
  • Bayisa
  • Bayiye
  • Bayuya

Important people[edit]

Here listed, are some of the important people, native to the district:

  • Benjamin Joseph Odoki - Chief Justice of Uganda
  • James Munange Ogoola - Principal Judge of Uganda
  • Aggrey Awori Siryoyi - Former Uganda Minister of Information Technology (2009 - 2011)
  • Simon Mayende, former minister of state for Higher Education
  • Gabriel Opio - Former Minister of Gender, Culture and Labour (2009 - 2011)
  • Alikipo Ochunju Ouma-late Judge of the High court and first lawyer from Samia
  • Samson Were - First Chief of Samia-Bugwe (Late)
  • D. Kwoba-Abungu - Principle Private Secretary to President Obote (Late)
  • Lameka Akongo - Diplomatic Mission in Bonn (Late)
  • Professor Patrick Mangheni - Renowned Ugandan Mathematician
  • Fred Wabwire-Mangen - Professor of Epidemiology, Makerere University School of Public Health
  • James Aryada, the first Samia and only Ugandan to ever obtain a first class degree in mathematics from Oxford University.
  • Moses Mapesa Wafula - Former Executive Director, Uganda Wildlife Authority
  • John Wejuli Wafula (RIP) - Former Managing Director and CEO, Uganda Clays Limited
  • Alex Wejuli (RIP) - Former CEO of Nile Breweries Limited. Former representative for Busia, in the 1991 - 1994 Constituent Assembly.
  • Amos Dayan Ngolobe - Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Chango Macho W'Obanda (RIP) - Former Senior Presidential Adviser, Former national political commissar for the (NRA), former minister of Lands, Water and Natural Resources.
  • Raphael Bwire Ouma -Long Serving headmaster of Old Kampala Senior Secondary School, St. Peter's Secondary School, Nsambya. Former national football player.
  • Philip Were Mangeni - Former Commissioner, Ministry of Finance
  • Dr. George William Nasinyama - Deputy Director, School of Graduate Studies, Makerere University
  • Denis Masinde Onyango - Ugandan International football goalkeeper.
  • Polly Ouma - Former Ugandan International footballer, National Football Team (Crane) Coach
  • Charles Wandera Nalyaali - Founder of Uganda Microfinance, now Equity Bank Uganda
  • 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.[4]
  • Barbara Oundo Nekesa - Current State Minister for Karamoja Affairs & Busia District Women's Representative in Parliament (2011–Present).
  • Dr. Oguttu Muruya, practicing in the United Kingdom
  • Dr. P. Makanga, now in South African
  • Dr. John Ouma, pediatric neurosurgeon in the UK
  • Dr. James Wafula, now practicing in the United States
  • Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Engineer, Deputy Vie Chancellor, Makerere University
  • Professor Wandera Nabaho (RIP)
  • Mr Mumbey Wafula, Ugandan diplomat
  • Geoffrey Ojambo, radio journalist.

Points of interest[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Tororo And Busia With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estimated Population of Busia District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulaton.de. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Newvision, Archive (16 February 2011). "Ex-Uganda Olympics Boss Dead". New Vision. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 00°23′N 34°00′E / 0.383°N 34.000°E / 0.383; 34.000