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Kasese Uganda.jpg
Kasese is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 0°11′12″N 30°05′17″E / 0.18667°N 30.08806°E / 0.18667; 30.08806
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Rwenzururu sub-region
District Kasese District
Elevation 3,000 ft (1,000 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 101,679[1]

Kasese is a town in Western Uganda, lying north of Lake George. It originally grew around the copper mine at Kilembe, while attention later turned to cobalt mining. It is the 'chief town' of Kasese District and the district headquarters are located there. Kasese is also the largest town in Renzururu sub-region (Kingdom) and the King of Rwenzururu maintains a palace in the town.


Kasese lies at the western end of the Uganda Railway to Kampala and Tororo, and is home to Kasese Airport. The city is known for its nightlife and lies near the Rwenzori Mountains and Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is located approximately 360 kilometres (220 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[2] This location lies about 36 kilometres (22 mi), by road, northeast of Mpondwe, the border town at the International border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[3] The coordinates of Kasese Town are:0°11'12.0"N, 30°05'17.0"E (Latitude:0.186667; Longitude:30.088050).[4]


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Kasese at about 53,900. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 71,700. In 2011, UBOS estimated the population of Kasese at 74,300.[5] In August 2014, the national population census put Kasese's population at 101,679.[1]

Population dynamics[edit]

Old Kasese Train Station

Kasese town is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Uganda. The reasons for this rapid population growth include:


The town of Hima, approximately 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of Kasese is the site of a Hima Cement Limited, the second-largest cement manufacturer in Uganda. Hima Cement Limited, is a subsidiary of the French conglomerate, Lafarge.

Kasese Cobalt Company Limited (KCCL), located on the road from Kasese to Rubirizi, just south of the central business district of Kasese, extracts cobalt from the sludge left after copper is extracted from the raw ore. The cobalt is then exported. Kasese has also given name to a crude variant of Waragi, an alcoholic spirit.

Points of interest[edit]

Kilembe Copper Mine

The following points of interest lie within the town or close to its edges:

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Coordinates: 00°11′12″N 30°05′17″E / 0.18667°N 30.08806°E / 0.18667; 30.08806