Mbale

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This article is about the Ugandan city. For the Ugandan district, see Mbale District. For the Kenyan town, see Mbale, Kenya.
Mbale
Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Mbale is located in Uganda
Mbale
Mbale
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
Government
 • 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.

Location[edit]

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]

Overview[edit]

Mbale is home to the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), and also other centres of higher Education like Bugema University, Uganda Christian University, Uganda martyrs university 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, Itesots, Kupsabinys, karimojongs, baganda(from Kakungulus lineage0 etc.

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.

Population[edit]

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]

Twinning[edit]

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:

Administrative[edit]

Public facilities[edit]

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

Military[edit]

Health facilities[edit]

Educational institutions[edit]

  • Busitema University Medical School - The medical school of Busitema University, a public institution of higher education
  • The main campus of the Islamic University in Uganda
  • The Mbale Pentecostal Theological College (Pictured, right)
  • The Mbale Campus of Uganda Martyrs University, a private university, whose headquarters are located in Nkozi, Mpigi District.
  • Nabumali High School - The mixed, boarding secondary school, is located about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), south of Mbale of the Mbale-Tororo Road
  • LivingStone International University - a private university affiliated with the fellowship of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.
  • The Mbale Campus of Uganda Christian University, a private Christian university, whose main campus is located in Mukono, Mukono District.
  • St Pauls College aka Mbale College a mixed boarding school
  • Mbale senior Secondary School located in Industrial Division of Mbale Municipality
  • Grace Nursery, Primary and Secondary (private)Schools located in Wanale Division of Mbale Municipality

Hotels and recreation centre[edit]

  • Mbale Resort Hotel
  • Protea Hotel
  • Green gardens
  • Thatch gardens

Financial institutions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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". Globefeed.com. 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". Globefeed.com. 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. 

External links[edit]

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