|• Mayor||Morish Odung|
|Elevation||3,540 ft (1,080 m)|
|Population (2011 Estimate)|
Lira is a city in Northern Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial centre of Lira District. Lira was the main metropolitan center of the now defunct Lango District (which corresponds geographically with the current Lango sub-region).
Lira is located approximately 110km by road, southeast of the city of Gulu, the largest city in Northern Uganda, along the highway between Gulu and Mbale. This location lies approximately 270 kilometres (170 mi), by road, north of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country. The coordinates of Lira are:2°14'50.0"N 32°54'00.0"E (Latitude:02.247223; Longitude:32.900000).
Lira lies in Lira District. Lira District is part of Lango sub-region, which consists of the following districts: (a) Alebtong District (b) Amolatar District (c) Apac District (d) Dokolo District (e) Lira District (f) Kole District (g) Otuke District and (h) Oyam District. The city of Lira remains the principle commercial centre of the sub-region.
The 2002 national census estimated the population of Lira at about 80,900. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of Lira at approximately 105,100. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Lira at 108,600.
Lira is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lira, headed by a Catholic Bishop; The Right Reverend Joseph Franzelli.
Points of interest
The following points of interest lie within the town limits or close to the edges of town:
- The headquarters of Lira District Administration
- The offices of Lira Town Council
- Lira Central Market
- The Lira Campus of Uganda Martyrs University, a private university, whose main campus is located in Nkozi, Mpigi District.
- Lira Airport - Administered by the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda
- The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lira
- All Saints University - A private university affiliated with the Church of Uganda.
- Lira Hotel, Open since 1970's till to day, over looks the Lira Golf Course and Air Strip
Other points of interest
Other points of interest in Lira or near the town, include the following:
- A branch of Bank of Africa
- A branch of BOBU
- A branch of Bayport Financial Services limited
- A branch of Barclays Bank
- A branch of Centenary Bank
- A branch of Crane Bank
- A branch of DFCU Bank
- A branch of Kenya Commercial Bank
- A branch of PostBank Uganda
- A branch of Stanbic Bank
- A branch of Pride Microfinance Limited
- A branch of Housing Finance Bank
- A branch of the National Social Security
- A branch of Virah Forex Bureau (Uganda)
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