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This article is about the city. For the district, see Mbale District.
Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Mbale is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°04′50″N 34°10′30″E / 1.08056°N 34.17500°E / 1.08056; 34.17500
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Regions Eastern Uganda
Subregion Bugisu sub-region
 • Mayor Mutwalibi Mafabi Zandya[1]
Elevation 1,143 m (3,750 ft)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 91,800

Mbale is a city in Eastern Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial center of Mbale District and the surrounding sub-region. The district is named after the town.


Mbale lies approximately 245 kilometres (152 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, on an all weather tarmac highway.[2] The coordinates of the city are:1°04'50.0"N, 34°10'30.0"E (Latitude:1.080556; Longitude:34.175000).[3] The city also lies on the railway from Tororo to Pakwach. Mount Elgon, one of the highest peaks in East Africa lies approximately 52 kilometres (32 mi) east of Mbale.[4]


Mbale is home to the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), as well as the Moses Synagogue around which most of the Abayudaya live. The population includes members of the Gisu ethnic group, mainly the Bamasaaba and Bagisu.

Mbale is known for its limited nightlife, and has a clock tower in the centre of town. An early scene in Casino Royale (2006) is set in Mbale District, but was not filmed there. James Bond (Daniel Craig) himself is not in the scene.


According to the 2002 national census, the population of Mbale was about 71,130. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 81,900. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Mbale at 91,800.[5]


Mbale was formally linked with the town of Pontypridd, Wales through local and regional twinning ceremonies in 2005. The link was intended to associate professionals and organizations in Pontypridd with their counterparts in Africa, under the auspices of the charity known as Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT).[6]

Points of interest[edit]

Mbale PTC

The following points of interest lie within the city limits or close to its borders:


Public facilities[edit]

  • Mbale Central Market
  • Mbale Municipal Stadium - Capacity: 25,000


Health facilities[edit]

Educational institutions[edit]

Financial institutions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mafabi, David (27 October 2013). "NRM Cadres Sabotaging Mbale Progress - Mayor". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Mbale With Map". Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Location of Mbale At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Map Showing Mbale And Mount Elgon With Distance Marker". Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Estimated Population of Mbale In 2002, 2010 & 2011". Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Background of Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust". Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT). Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Owor, Mark (23 December 2008). "United Bank of Africa Goes to Mbale". New Vision. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Location of Mbale Currency Centre". Bank of Uganda. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 01°04′50″N 34°10′30″E / 1.08056°N 34.17500°E / 1.08056; 34.17500