Hoima

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For the district in which this municipality is located, see Hoima District.
Hoima
Hoima Municipality
District capital
Nickname(s): Oil City[1]
Motto: Together We Shall Fly High
Hoima is located in Uganda
Hoima
Hoima
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°25′55″N 31°21′09″E / 1.43194°N 31.35250°E / 1.43194; 31.35250
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Bunyoro sub-region
District Hoima District
Government
 • Mayor Grace Mary Mugasa[2]
Elevation 3,674.54 ft (1,120 m)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 42,600
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Hoima is a town in Western Uganda. It is main municipal, administrative and commercial center of Hoima District in Uganda. It is also the location of the palace of the Omukama of Bunyoro.

Location[edit]

Hoima is located approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda's largest city, on an all-weather tarmac highway.[3] The coordinates of the town are:1°25'55.0"N 31°21'09.0"E (Latitude:1.431944; Longitude:31.352500).[4]

Population[edit]

According to the 2002 national census, the population of Hoima was about 27,930. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 40,600. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Hoima at 42,600.[5]

Economic Activity[edit]

Between 2000 and 2009, a considerable amount of oil deposits, estimated at between 2.5 billion to 3.5 billion barrels have been discovered in Lake Albert and on the shores of the lake, in Hoima District and neighboring Buliisa District.[6] An oil refinery, the Uganda Oil Refinery, is planned in Kabaale Village, Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Hoima.[7] An oil pipeline, the Uganda-Kenya Crude Oil Pipeline, is also planned to evacuate crude oil to the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Lamu.[8] Consequently, Hoima is poised to become a beehive of economic activity, as a result of the discovery of oil in the neighborhood.[9][10]

As a result of the increased economic activity in the area, Hoima has been upgraded to Municipality status, with increased infrastructure to handle the new businesses and new residents.[11] Land prices, rental rates and other real estate costs in Hoima have gone up in the recent past, as demand for real estate in the town and surrounding areas has increased.[12]

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest are found within the town limits or close to the edges of town:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waiswa, Baz (25 March 2013). "Uganda: Hoima Town, Heart of the Oil Kingdom". East African Business Week via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Kivabulaya, Fredrick (3 March 2011). "Hoima Elects Its First Female Mayor". Uganda Radio Network Online. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Distance Between Kampala And Hoima With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Location of Hoima At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Estimated Population of Hoima In 2002, 2010 & 2011". Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tullow Boosts Uganda Oil Projections". RTÉ Commercial Enterprises. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Ouga, Samuel (14 August 2013). "Uganda’s Oil Refinery – An Opportunity for Transformation". New Vision. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Uganda Reaches Deal With Total, CNOOC Over Refinery". Reuters via Gulf Oil and Gas. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Haywood, Katherine (17 March 2010). "Norwegians To Build Power Plant In Hoima". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (21 August 2008). "Hoima Economic Activities Boom". New Vision. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Kwesiga, Pascal (15 February 2009). "MPs Go to Hoima". New Vision. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Uganda: Oil Stirs Up Business In Hoima". New Vision via AllAfrica.com. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Khisa, Isaac (7 December 2013). "Hotel Chain to Develop New Properties In East Africa". The EastAfrican. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 01°25′55″N 31°21′09″E / 1.43194°N 31.35250°E / 1.43194; 31.35250