Bundibugyo District

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Bundibugyo District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°43′N 30°04′E / 0.717°N 30.067°E / 0.717; 30.067Coordinates: 00°43′N 30°04′E / 0.717°N 30.067°E / 0.717; 30.067
Country  Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Rwenzururu sub-region
Capital Bundibugyo
 • Land 848.2 km2 (327.5 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 261,700
 • Density 308.5/km2 (799/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.bundibugyo.go.ug

Bundibugyo District is a district in Western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Like other Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town', Bundibugyo, where the district headquarters are located.


Bundibugyo District is bordered by Ntoroko District to the northeast, Kibaale District to the east, Kabarole District to the south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west and north. The district headquarters at Bundibugyo are located approximately 32 kilometres (20 mi), by road, west of Fort Portal, the nearest large city.[1]

This location lies about 72 kilometres (45 mi), by road, north of Kasese, the largest town in the sub-region.[2] The geographic boundaries of the district are: The Semliki River to the west, the Rwenzori Mountains to the East and Lake Albert to the North. The coordinates of the district are:00 43N, 30 04E.


The district is relatively isolated from the rest of Uganda, as it is the only Ugandan district that lies west of the Rwenzori Mountains. Though it is still a part of the Nile basin, it is ecologically and culturally part of Central Africa. Its people and customs are more similar to those of eastern DRC than the rest of Uganda, despite being politically in East Africa. In 2010, the northern part of Bunduibugyo District was removed to form Ntoroko District. Bundibugyo District, together with neighbouring Ntoroko District and Kasese District, is part of the Rwenzururu Kingdom.

In the late 1990s, tens of thousands of civilians were displaced by the insurgency of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who were operating in the district. In one such raid on 7 April 1999, rebels killed 11 civilians and looted property during an attack in the district. In a separate attack in the same month, the Member of Parliament for Buyangabo was shot and wounded in an attack in neighboring Kabarole District by ADF insurgents.[3]


The 1991 national population census estimated the district population at about 92,300. During the 2002 national census, the population of Bundibugyo District, was put at about 158,900. The annual population growth rate in the district was estimated at 5.2%.[4] In 2012, the population of the district was estimated at approximately 261,700.[5]

The table below illustrates the trajectory of population growth in the district during the first decade of the 21st century. All figures are estimates. The next national population census in Uganda is scheduled for August 2014.[6]

Bundibugyo District Population Trends
Year Est. Pop.
2002 158,900
2003 167,200
2004 175,900
2005 185,000
Year Est. Pop.
2006 194,600
2007 204,700
2008 215,300
2009 226,500
Year Est. Pop.
2010 238,300
2011 250,700


The economic outlook of the district markedly improved when, in 2013, the tarmacking of the 104 kilometres (65 mi), Fort Portal-Bundibugyo-Lamia Road and the connection of the district to Uganda's national electric grid. With these developments, the cost of doing business in the district has been reduced and the district produce is more readily marketable because of the improved road network[7]

Economic activities[edit]

As is the case in most Ugandan districts, subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry are the two major economic activities in the district. Bundibugyo District is the largest producer of cocoa in Uganda, accounting for approximately 15,000,000 kilograms (33,000,000 lb) of unprocessed beans worth USh90 billion (US$36 million) annually.[8] Crops grown in the district include the following:

Animals raised in the district include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map Showing Fort Portal And Bundibugyo With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Distance Between Kasese And Bundibugyo With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Horn of Africa, Monthly Review, March - April 1999", UN-OCHA Archive (accessed 23 February 2009)
  4. ^ 2002 Ugandan Population By District
  5. ^ "Estimated Population of Bundibugyo District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Ninsiima, Racheal (14 July 2013). "Uganda Census Planned for 2014". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Rwothungeyo, Billy (24 June 2013). "Fort Portal-Bundibugyo - Lamia Road Almost Complete". New Vision. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Felix Basiime, and Ruth Katusabe (17 June 2014). "Changing Fortunes of Bundibugyo District". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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