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Kawempe is located in Kampala
Map of Kampala showing the location of Kawempe.
Coordinates: 00°22′45″N 32°33′27″E / 0.37917°N 32.55750°E / 0.37917; 32.55750
Country  Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Kampala Capital City Authority
Division Kawempe Division
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kawempe is an area in the city of Kampala, Uganda's capital. It is also the location of the headquarters of Kawempe Division, one of the five (5) administrative divisions of Kampala. The five divisions are:


Kawempe is located on the northwestern edge of Kampala. It is bordered by Nabweru to the north, Kisaasi to the east, Bwaise to the south, Kazo to the southwest and Nansana in Wakiso District to the west. The coordinates of Kawempe are: 00°22′45″N, 32°33′27″E (Latitude:0.3792; Longitude:32.5574). The road distance between Kampala's central business district and Kawempe is approximately 8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi).[1]


Kawempe lies on the main highway between Kampala and Masindi. It began as a trading center in the 1950s but has mushroomed into a busy, albeit disorganized, metropolitan area with businesses, small industries, retail shops and a thriving farmers market. Many of the surrounding villages have been turned into low income housing. Arguably, Kawempe has the lowest income per capita of all the city's five divisions, it is also the langest division in kampala


Kawempe boasts of the following landmarks:

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Coordinates: 00°22′45″N 32°33′27″E / 0.37917°N 32.55750°E / 0.37917; 32.55750