Wakiso District

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Wakiso District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°24′N 32°29′E / 0.400°N 32.483°E / 0.400; 32.483
Country  Uganda
Region Central Uganda
Capital Wakiso
 • Land 1,906.7 km2 (736.2 sq mi)
Elevation 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 1,371,600
 • Density 719.4/km2 (1,863/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website Homepage

Wakiso District is a district in Central Uganda that encircles Kampala, Uganda's capital city. The district is named after the town of Wakiso, where the district headquarters are located.


Wakiso District lies in the Central Region of the country, bordering with Nakaseke District and Luweero District to the north, Mukono District to the east, Kalangala District in Lake Victoria to the south, Mpigi District to the southwest and Mityana District to the northwest.[1] Wakiso, where the district headquarters are located, lies approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in the country.[2] The coordinates of the district are:00 24N, 32 29E.


In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 562,900. According to the 2002 national census figures, Wakiso District had a population of approximately 957,300, making it the second-most populated district in the country. At that time, 53% of the population were children below the age of 18 years and 17% of the total population were orphans. In 2012, it was estimated that the population of Wakiso District was approximately 1,371,600.[3] The table below illustrates in figures, the trajectory of population growth in the district, during the first decade of the 21st century. All numbers are estimates.

Wakiso District Population Trends
Year Estimated Population
2002 957,300
2003 995,600
2004 1,035,400
2005 1,076,800
2006 1,119,900
2007 1,164,700
2008 1,211,300
2009 1,259,700
2010 1,310,100
2011 1,349,400

In 2012, the district population was estimated at about 1,371,600. Wakiso District is very densely populated. With an area of 1,906.7 square kilometres (736.2 sq mi), the population density in the district in 2012, was estimated at 719.4 people per km² (1,863.1 people per mi²).[4] The district is rapidly becoming urban, with the main economic activities turning away from agriculture to trade and industry.

Administrative Units[edit]

Wakiso District is made up of two counties: (a) Kyaddondo County and (b) Busiro County. The district is further subdivided into the following administrative units:[5]

The district headquarters are located in Wakiso Town, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Kampala on the highway to Hoima.[6] Wakiso District has a total area of 2,704 square kilometres (1,044 sq mi).

District Leadership[edit]

The leadership is entrusted in the District Executive Council, composed of:

  • District Chairman
  • District Vice Chairman
  • District Secretary for Finance
  • District Secretary for Production & Natural Resources
  • District Secretary for Works & Technical Services
  • District secretary Gender
  • Resident District Commissioner
  • Deputy Resident District Commissioner

Tourist attractions[edit]

The tourist attractions in the district include:

The tourist attractions in the district include:Uganda Reptile Village-Entebbe

Lake Victoria[edit]

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest fresh-water lake in the world. The lake is a prime spot for leisure activities. Water sports available on the lake include: (a) Sport Fishing (b) Water Rafting (c) Canoeing (d) Cruising and (e) Sailing.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Wakiso With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estimated Population of AKISO District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Estimated Population of Wakiso District". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Subcounties In Wakiso District". Land Conflict Mapping Tool (lcmt.com)l. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Kato, Joshua (24 October 2007). "Challenges of Turning Wakiso". New Vision. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 00°24′N 32°29′E / 0.400°N 32.483°E / 0.400; 32.483