Busia District

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For the area in Kenya formerly known as Busia District, see Busia County.
Busia District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°23′N 34°00′E / 0.383°N 34.000°E / 0.383; 34.000Coordinates: 00°23′N 34°00′E / 0.383°N 34.000°E / 0.383; 34.000
Country Uganda
Region Eastern Region of Uganda
Capital Busia
 • Land 730.9 km2 (282.2 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 297,600
 • Density 407.2/km2 (1,055/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.busia.go.ug

Busia District is a district in the Eastern region of Ugandaia.


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 kilometres (22 mi), by road, south of Tororo, the nearest large town.[1] This is adjacent to the international border between Uganda and Kenya, immediately west of the Kenyan town also called Busia. The coordinates of the district are 00 23N, 34 00E.[citation needed]


Busia District became operational in 1997. Before 20 March 1997, the district was Busia County in Tororo District. The distance from the farthest parts of Busia District to the then district headquarters in Tororo was one of the persuasive arguments for granting district status to Busia County. The district has three constituencies in the Ugandan parliament, namely:


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.[2]

Notable people[edit]

The notable people from Busia District include:

Points of interest[edit]

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 10 square miles (26 km2) bisected by the main highway between Uganda and Kenya in Busia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Tororo And Busia With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Estimated Population of Busia District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulaton.de. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Newvision, Archive (16 February 2011). "Ex-Uganda Olympics Boss Dead". New Vision. Retrieved 10 May 2014.