Ibanda District

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Ibanda District
Coordinates: 00°07′S 30°30′E / 0.117°S 30.500°E / -0.117; 30.500Coordinates: 00°07′S 30°30′E / 0.117°S 30.500°E / -0.117; 30.500
Country  Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Ankole sub-region
Capital Ibanda
 • Total 964.8 km2 (372.5 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 255,500
 • Density 264.8/km2 (686/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.ibanda.go.ug

Ibanda District is a district in Western Uganda. As is the case with most Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town' of Ibanda, where the district headquarters are located.


Ibanda District is bordered by Kamwenge District to the west and north, Kiruhura District to the east, Mbarara District and Buhweju District to the south, and Rubirizi District to the southwest.[1] The district headquarters at Ibanda are located approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi), by road, northwest of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region.[2] The coordinates of the district are:00 07S, 30 30E.


Ibanda District was created on 1 July 2005, by elevating Ibanda County, formerly part of Mbarara District, to full district status. It consists of the sub-counties of: 1. Nyabuhikye 2. Bisheshe 3. Kichenche 4. Rukiri 5. Nyamarebe 6. Ishongorero, 7. Ibanda Town Council and 8. Igorora Town Council. The district covers 964.8 square kilometres (372.5 sq mi) and averages an elevation of approximately 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) above sea level. The annual rainfall in the district averages 1,100 millimetres (43 in).

Ibanda, the seat of the district headquarters, is connected to the National Electricity Grid with a sub-station 4 miles (6.4 km) outside Mbarara town. A tarmac road connects via Mbarara to the capital Kampala.

There is one major hospital, Ibanda Hospital, administered by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mbarara. The hospital has an affiliated school for enrolled midwives and nurses.


In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at approximately 148,000. The 2002 national census estimated the population of Ibanda District at about 198,700. The population of the district has a calculated annual growth rate of 2.6%. It is estimated that the population of Ibanda District in 2012 was about 255,500.[3] The able below illustrates the population growth in the district, between 2002 and 2012. All figures are estimates.

Ibanda District Population Trends
Year Est. Pop.
2002 198,700
2003 203,900
2004 209,200
2005 214,600
Year Est. Pop.
2006 220,200
2007 225,900
2008 231,800
2009 237,800
Year Est. Pop.
2010 244,000
2011 250,300

Economic activities[edit]

As with most Ugandan districts, agriculture forms the backbone of the economy of Ibanda District. Most of the agriculture is on the subsistence level. The largest farm in the district is the Kiburara Prison Farm, located at Kiburara Prison. The crops grown in the district include the following:[4]

Livestock is kept in many areas of the district including cattle, goats, sheep and poultry.

Prominent people[edit]

Prominent people from the district include the following:

  • Patrick Bitature, businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist. He is one of the wealthiest people in Uganda. Current Chairman of Umeme.
  • Serapio Karashani is also very prominent in Ibanda district, he served as one of the most diligent government workers between 1986 ans 2006, he is currently retired

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Map Showing Ibanda And Mbarara With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estimated Population of Ibanda District In 1991, 2002 & 2014". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Elly Karenzi, and Colleb Mugume (3 February 2004). "Ibanda: The Home of Mixed Farming". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 

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