Bududa District

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Bududa District
Coordinates: 01°01′N 34°20′E / 1.017°N 34.333°E / 1.017; 34.333Coordinates: 01°01′N 34°20′E / 1.017°N 34.333°E / 1.017; 34.333
Country  Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
Capital Bududa
 • Land 250.8 km2 (96.8 sq mi)
Elevation 1,800 m (5,900 ft)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 180,600
 • Density 720.1/km2 (1,865/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.bududa.go.ug

Bududa District is a district in Eastern Uganda. Like most other Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town', Bududa.


Bududa District is bordered by Sironko District to the north, the Republic of Kenya to the east, Manafwa District to the south and Mbale District to the west. The district headquarters at Bududa are located approximately 23 kilometres (14 mi), by road, southeast of Mbale, the largest city in the sub-region.[1] The coordinates of the district are: 01 01N, 34 20E.


Bududa District is a relatively new district that was created in 2006, by Act of Parliament. It was originally part of the greater Mbale District and then Manafwa District. The district consists of one county, sixteen sub-counties and one town council. It is largely a rural district with eight urban growth centers which are in the process of turning into town councils. The eight urban centers in Bududa District are:

  • Bududa
  • Bukalasi
  • Bushiika
  • Bumayoka
  • Bunamubi
  • Kyikholo
  • Bulucheke
  • Bukigai

The district lies at an average altitude of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) above sea level. It has unique relief consisting of ridges, cliffs and bamboo forest. It has a bimodal rainfall pattern with no dry season. Mount Elgon National Park covers approximately 40% of the district.


In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 79,200. During the 2002 national census, the district population was estimated at about 123,100, with an annual growth rate of 4%. In 2012, the population of Bududa District was estimated at approximately 180,600.[2] The male to female ratio is 1:1. The major language spoken in the district is Lumasaba.

Economic activity[edit]

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of the district. The fertile volcanic soils and the abundant rainfall (average 1,500mm/year), ensure ample yields of both cash and food crops. Some of the crops grown include: coffee, beans, bananas, matooke, cabbage, tomatoes and other green vegetables.

2012 Flood[edit]

During the 2012 flood, landslides wreaked this mountainous eastern region as the government made plans to move out residents.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Mbale And Bududa With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Estimated Population of Bududa District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Jocelyn (27 June 2012). "Uganda Troops Dig Houses From Mud After Landslide". Reuters. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 

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