District location in Uganda
|Region||Eastern Region of Uganda|
|• Land||730.9 km2 (282.2 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 Estimate)|
|• Density||407.2/km2 (1,055/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Busia District borders Tororo District to the north, Busia County, Kenya to the east, Tanzania to the south, Namayingo District to the southwest, and Bugiri District to the west. Busia, Uganda, the site of the district headquarters, is approximately 35 km (22 mi) by road south of Tororo, the nearest large town.
During the 1991 national population census, the population in the district was estimated at 163,600. In 2002, the national census estimated the population at 225,000. In 2012, the mid-year population of the district was estimated at 297,600.
Notable people from Busia District include:
- Aggrey Awori - Former Uganda Minister of Information Technology (2009-2011)
- Barbara Nekesa Oundo, state minister for Karamoja affairs and the Busia District women's representative in the parliament (since 2011)
- Francis Nyangweso (1939–2011), former military officer, champion boxer, and member of the International Olympic Committee. Served as chief of staff of the Ugandan armed forces and minister of defense in the 1970s.
- Benjamin Joseph Odoki, former chief justice of Uganda
- James Munange Ogoola, principal judge of Uganda
- Denis Onyango, Ugandan international association football goalkeeper
- Gabriel Opio, former minister of gender, culture and labour (2009-2011)
- Fred Wabwire-Mangen, professor of epidemiology, Makerere University School of Public Health
- Kevinah Taaka Wanaha Wandera - Member of Parliament, Busia Municipality(2011-2016)
Points of interest
The following points of interest are in the district:
- Majanji landing site on Lake Victoria for fish, which is one of the main foods in the district.
- Busitema Forest is roughly 25 km2 (10 sq mi); it is bisected by the main highway between Uganda and Kenya in Busia.
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- "Estimated Population of Busia District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulaton.de. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Newvision, Archive (16 February 2011). "Ex-Uganda Olympics Boss Dead". New Vision. Retrieved 10 May 2014.