Gulu District

Coordinates: 02°45′N 32°00′E / 2.750°N 32.000°E / 2.750; 32.000
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Gulu District
Acholi region
neucleated District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 02°45′N 32°00′E / 2.750°N 32.000°E / 2.750; 32.000
Country Uganda
RegionNorthern Region of Uganda
Sub-regionAgago Acholi sub-region
 • LCV ChairmanOjara Martin Mapenduzi, 2011 - 2016
 • Total3,452.1 km2 (1,332.9 sq mi)
 (2012 Estimate)
 • Total396,500
 • Density114.9/km2 (298/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Gulu is a district in the Northern Region of Uganda. The regional headquarters are located in the city of Gulu, which is also the administrative capital of Northern Uganda. the district consists of two main divisions, Gulu West and Gulu East.


Gulu District is bordered by Lamwo District to the north, Pader District and Omoro District to the east, Oyam District to the south, Nwoya District to the southwest, and Amuru District to the west. The district headquarters in the city of Gulu are 333 kilometres (207 mi), by road, north of Uganda's capital city, Kampala.[1] The coordinates of the district are, near the city of Gulu are:02°49'50.0"N, 32°19'13.0"E (Latitude:2.830556; Longitude:32.320278).[2]


As of November 2019, the district was one of the eight districts that constituted the Acholi sub-region, the historical homeland of the Acholi ethnic group. The district is composed of Aswa County and the Gulu Municipal Council. The economic activity of 90 per cent of the population in the district is subsistence agriculture.[3]

The district has been the location of much of the fighting between the Ugandan army and the Lord's Resistance Army. Over 90 percent of the population has returned to their villages after more than two decades of living in what were known as "Internally Displaced People Camps".[4][5]


The national census conducted in 2002 put the population at 193,337. In the 2014 national census and household survey, the population of Gulu District was enumerated at 275,613.[6]

Notable people[edit]

The district is the birthplace of the poet and writer Okot p'Bitek; former UNLA top military officer Brigadier George William Nyero.[7]


  1. ^ (26 November 2019). "Distance between Kampala, Uganda and Gulu, Uganda". Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  2. ^ Google (26 November 2019). "Location of Gulu District, Northern Region, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  3. ^ Uganda Travel Guide (2019). "Overview of Gulu District". Kampala: Uganda Travel Guide. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  4. ^ Branch, Adam (2013). "Gulu in War ... and Peace? The Town as Camp in Northern Uganda". Urban Studies. 50 (15): 3152–3167. ISSN 0042-0980.
  5. ^ "Two decades of conflict take toll on northern Uganda | MSF". Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  6. ^ Uganda Bureau of Statistics (11 March 2019). "Population of Gulu District In 2002 & 2014". Kampala: Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  7. ^ Books & Writers (2008). "Profile of Okot p'Bitek (1931-1982)". Authors Calendar. Retrieved 26 November 2019.

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