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"Oil City"[1]
Oil is our Pride
Hoima is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°25′55″N 31°21′09″E / 1.43194°N 31.35250°E / 1.43194; 31.35250Coordinates: 01°25′55″N 31°21′09″E / 1.43194°N 31.35250°E / 1.43194; 31.35250
CountryFlag of Uganda.svg Uganda
RegionWestern Region
Sub-regionBunyoro sub-region
DistrictHoima District
 • MP'Ruyonga Daniel for Hoima West and Isingoma Patrick for Hoima East city division[3]
 • MayorBrian Kaboyo[4]
3,674.54 ft (1,120 m)
 (2020 Estimate)
 • Total122,700[2]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Hoima is a city in the Western Region of Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative, and commercial center of Hoima District. It is also the location of the palace of the Omukama of Bunyoro.[1][5]


Hoima is approximately 200 kilometres (124 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda's largest city, on an all-weather tarmac highway, the Kampala–Hoima Road.[6] The coordinates of Hoima City are 1°25'55.0"N 31°21'09.0"E (Latitude:1.431944; Longitude:31.352500).[7]


According to the 2002 national census, the population of Hoima was enumerated at 60,561. In August 2014, the national population census put Hoima's population at 100,099. In 2020, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the mid-year population of the city at 122,700. UBOS calculated the population growth of Hoima to average 3.54 percent annually between 2014 and 2020.[2]

Historical population

Economic activity[edit]

Between 2000 and 2009, a considerable amount of oil deposits, estimated at between 2.5 billion to 3.5 billion barrels, were discovered in Lake Albert and on the shores of the lake in Hoima District and the neighboring Buliisa District.[9] An oil refinery, the Uganda Oil Refinery, is planned in Kabaale Village, Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District, approximately 34 kilometres (21 mi),[10] west of Hoima.[11] An oil pipeline, the Uganda-Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline, is also planned to evacuate crude oil to the Tanzanian Indian Ocean port of Tanga.[12] Consequently, Hoima is poised to become a hub of economic activity.[13][14]

In January 2018, SBC Uganda Limited, a joint venture company between Colas Limited of the United Kingdom and SBI International Holdings of Uganda,[15] started construction of Hoima International Airport, at Kabaale Village, Buseruka sub-county, Hoima District,[16] approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi), by road, to the west-northwest of the city of Hoima.[17]

The first phase of construction, including the runway and cargo-handling facilities, is expected to be ready in 2020. This phase is primarily to support construction of the oil refinery.[18][19] The second phase of construction, focused on the facilitation of passengers and boosting tourism and business, is expected to conclude in 2022.[18][19] The project is expected to create about 1,000 jobs.[20]

Because of the increased economic activity in the area, Hoima has been upgraded to municipality status, with increased infrastructure to handle the new businesses and new residents.[21] Land prices, rental rates, and other real estate costs in Hoima have gone up recently, as demand for real estate in the town and surrounding areas has increased.[22]

Points of interest[edit]

The following additional points of interest are found within the city limits or close to its edges: (a) Orukurato rw'Obukama bwa Bunyoro-Kitara (Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom parliament (b) Ekikaali Kya (Kings palace of) Karuziika (c) Western campus of Gulu University (d) the headquarters of Hoima District Administration (e) offices of Hoima City Council (f) a branch of the National Social Security Fund (g) Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, a 268-bed public hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Waiswa, Baz (25 March 2013). "Uganda: Hoima Town, Heart of the Oil Kingdom". Kampala: East African Business Week via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Uganda Bureau of Statistics (14 June 2020). "The population of all Ugandan cities and towns with more than 15,000 inhabitants according to census results and latest official projections" (Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics). Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  3. ^ Uganda Parliament (11 June 2018). "Parliament of Uganda: Members of the 11th Parliament: Ruyonga Daniel MP for Hoima West and Isingoma Patrick for Hoima East". Kampala: Parliament of Uganda. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. ^ Kivabulaya, Fredrick (3 March 2011). "Hoima Elects Its First Female Mayor". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network Online. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ Draku, Franklin (22 May 2019). "Cabinet Elevates 15 Municipalities To Cities". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ Google (28 December 2020). "Distance between Kampala, Uganda and Hoima, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  7. ^ Google (1 July 2015). "Location of Hoima City At Google Maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ Uganda Bureau of Statistics (14 June 2020). "Hoima Population Statistics" (Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics). Kampala: Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Tullow Boosts Uganda Oil Projections". RTÉ Commercial Enterprises. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ Google (19 March 2021). "Road Distance between Hoima, Uganda And Buseruka, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  11. ^ Ouga, Samuel (14 August 2013). "Uganda's Oil Refinery – An Opportunity for Transformation". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  12. ^ Musoke, Ronald (23 April 2018). "Optimism as government, investors sign refinery deal". The Independent (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  13. ^ Haywood, Katherine (17 March 2010). "Norwegians To Build Power Plant In Hoima". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  14. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (21 August 2008). "Hoima Economic Activities Boom". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  15. ^ The Uganda Today (2 March 2018). "Hoima Airport contractor SBC Uganda urged to hire local residents". Kampala: Theugandatoday.com. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  16. ^ Odyek, John (30 January 2018). "Hoima International Airport to Employ Locals" (PDF). Kampala: SBI Uganda Limited Quoting New Vision. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  17. ^ Globefeed.com (11 June 2018). "Distance between Hoima Post Office, Main Street, Hoima, Uganda and Buseruka, Uganda". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  18. ^ a b Steenhoff-Snethlage, Erin (11 December 2017). "Second international airport on the way for Uganda". Johannesburg: Ftwonline.co.za. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  19. ^ a b Odyek, John (12 February 2018). "Hoima airport to be complete by 2020". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  20. ^ Earth Finds (14 April 2018). "Hoima Residents Say Oil Airport Contractor Denied Them Jobs". Kampala: Earthfinds.co.ug. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  21. ^ Kwesiga, Pascal (15 February 2009). "MPs Go to Hoima". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  22. ^ Kwesiga, Pascal (13 January 2011). "Uganda: Oil Stirs Up Business In Hoima". New Vision via AllAfrica.com. Kampala. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  23. ^ Sustain Uganda (2016). "About Hoima Regional Referral Hospital". Naguru, Kampala, Uganda: Sustainuganda.org. Retrieved 12 June 2018.

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