Storm in Tororo
|Elevation||3,888 ft (1,185 m)|
|Population (2011 (Estimate))|
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The town of Tororo is located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of the town of Malaba at the border between Uganda and Kenya. This location is approximately 230 kilometres (140 mi), by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The coordinates of the town are:0°41'34.0"N, 34°10'54.0"E (Latitude:0.692780; Longitude:34.181655).
It is known for its Hindu temples and the rock looming over the town. The town is also an important road junction. The town has been known as one of the most thunderous places in the world with frequent thunderstorms occurring. Apart from this, Tororo is extremely rich in minerals, with one of the highest phosphorus deposits in the world, according to a recent UN report on mineral depositions.
In 2002 the national census put the population of the town of Tororo at about 34,800. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 42,500. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Tororo at 43,700.
Tororo, like many up-country towns in Uganda, has a weak local economy. The average income in the district is very low and therefore cannot adequately support growth locally. Consequently, civil society organisations (such as NGOs, community organisations and the like) have had a significant influence on employment and capital flows into the district and its immediate surroundings, such as Mbale and Soroti districts.
Tororo is the location of a major cement works, Tororo Cement Limited, which has the capacity to produce 19,000 metric tonnes of cement daily. It is also home to a food factory Seba Foods that was officially opened by the President of Uganda on 25 June 2010. Electromaxx Limited constructed a 20MW thermal plant, Tororo Power Station, which was commissioned in June 2010. There are plans to increase production at this plant to 50MW. Tororo is also the location of Nilefos Minerals Limited, a subsidiary of the Madhvani Group of Companies. Nilefos mines and processes phosphates for use in fertilizer and related industries. 
Tororo has some of the oldest secondary schools in East Africa. These include St. Peter's College Tororo, sometimes referred to as Tororo College, Tororo Girls School, Tororo Rock High School, Manjasi High School, Tororo Progressive Academy, Kisoko School, Nagongera Mission School, and other schools in the municipality. An up-and-coming primary school is Mifumi Primary School. Busitema University, one of Uganda's public universities, maintains a campus at Nagongera, in the northwestern part of the district.
In the Victorian and Edwardian eras Tororo experienced a tea boom and the houses of the plantation owners and merchants have remained and some are being restored as inns. The district is also the location of Tororo Rock, a geological pillar which overlooks the town.
Tororo town has a number of churches that comprise of Catholic, Protestant and Pentecostal denominations:
- St. Peter's Catholic Church
- St. Peter's Church of Uganda, Tororo
Since 1993 the metre gauge line from Tororo Junction to Gulu and Pakwach has been out of use. Rift Valley Railways funded clearing the line east to Gulu of vegetation and repairing structure, thus allowing the first commercial train for 20 years to run through on the metre gauge track from the Kenyan port Mombasa over Nairobi and Eldoret to the Kenyan frontier in Tororo and onwards to Gulu on the line to Pakwach on September 14, 2013.
On 25 June 2010, Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda, commissioned the construction of Tororo Inland Port, an inland dry port in Malaba, close to the border with Kenya. The location of the inland port is approximately 8 miles (13 km) east of Tororo on the Tororo-Eldoret Highway. When completed in November 2012, as planned, the new, modern Inland port will replace the more than 10 existing inland facilities that comprise UIP (Uganda Inland Ports) and that have traditionally stored containers prior to clearance of customs and inland revenue duties.
Points of interest
The following points of interest lie within the town limits or near its edges:
- The headquarters of Tororo District Administration
- The offices of Tororo Town Council
- Tororo Central Market
- Tororo Rock - A natural rock formation that rises 1,483 metres (4,865 ft) above sea level
- Tororo Hospital - 200 bed public hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health
- The Uganda Martyrs’ Cathedral, the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tororo
- St. Anthony's Hospital - 150 bed mission hospital affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tororo
- Christ the King Priory - A Benedictine monastery of the Congregation of Missionary Benedictines of Saint Ottilien.
- Tororo Airport - A public airport administered by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
- Nilefos Limited - A manufacturer of fertilizer and other industrial chemicals; a member of the Madhvani Group
- Tororo Cement Limited - One of two cement manufacturers in Uganda
- Tororo Power Station - A 20MW thermal power plant belonging to Electromaxx Limited, a private power company
- Busitema University - One of the six public universities in Uganda; located 28 kilometres (17 mi), by road, southwest of the central business district of Tororo town.
- A branch of Barclays Bank
- A branch of Centenary Bank
- A branch of Equity Bank
- A branch of Finance Trust Bank
- A branch of Stanbic Bank
- A mobile branch of PostBank Uganda
- A branch of the National Social Security Fund
- Tororo Inland Port - Under Construction
- Tororo Girls School - An all-girls, boarding middle and high school (S1 - S6)
- St. Peter's College Tororo - An all-boys, boarding middle and high school (S1 - S6)
- Tororo Rock High School - The largest public middle and high school found at the foot of Tororo Rock.
- Photo of Tororo Rock 1
- Photo of Tororo Rock 2
- Photo of Tororo Cement Works
- Photo of Rock Garden Hotel, Tororo
- Photo of Downtown Tororo
- Elevation = 1185m
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