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Kigumba is located in Uganda
Map of Uganda showing the location of Kigumba.
Coordinates: 01°48′54″N 32°00′36″E / 1.81500°N 32.01000°E / 1.81500; 32.01000
Country  Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Bunyoro sub-region
District Kiryandongo District
Elevation 1,180 m (3,870 ft)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 18,698[1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kigumba is town in Kiryandongo District, northwestern Uganda. It is one of the municipalities in the district. The other municipalities in Kiryandongo District include: (a) Karuma b) Kiryandongo (c) Kigumba and (d) Masindi Port.


Kigumba is located approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi), by road, northeast of Masindi (pop. 45,400 in 2011), the largest city in the sub-region.[2] This location lies approximately 221 kilometres (137 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, the capital and largest city in Uganda.[3] Kigumba lies approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), by road, south of Bweyale, where the district headquarters are located.[4] The coordinates of the town are:01 48 54N, 32 00 36E (Latitude:1.8150; Longitude:32.0100).


Kigumba lies at the location where the highway from Kampala to Gulu through Kibangya and Rwekunye, joins the highway from Masindi to Gulu. It is a busy transit point. Established in the 1950s, the town is home to about 100 Ugandan and Kenyan ethnicities. In 2009, the town attained Municipal council status. The municipality consists of the following neighborhoods: (a) Old Kigumba (b) Naguru (c) Kigaragara (d) Kitwanga, the CBD (e) Kihura I (f) Kihura II and (g) Kibukiye. Most of the developments are in the Kitwanga neighborhood. Here one can find the town council offices, financial institutions, factories, restaurants and most bars. The booming trade, has also attracted Indian, Chinese and South Sudanese traders, who have established businesses, including food processing plants.[5]

Organizational structure[edit]

Kigumba Town Council Offices

The political head of the town is the LC III Chairperson who is elected to a five-year term by universal adult suffrage across the six wards. The supreme policy-making organ is the Town Council, composed of 12 elected councilors. The technical staff of the municipality is headed by the town clerk, Mr. Akugizibwe Gabriel under whom there are several municipal departments.

As of August 2014, the current LC III Chairman of the Town Council is Mr. Karubanga Jacob Ateenyi and the Town Clerk is Mr. Akugizibwe Gabriel


The 2014 national population census put the population of Kigumba at 18,698.[1]

Economic activities[edit]

Many women in the town engage in such activities as farming, road-side groceries, market vending, restaurants, hair care, and health care clinics. Men are mainly engaged in wholesale and retail merchandising, taxi driving and boda boda (motorcycle and bicycle) for-hire transportation. Increasingly, residents of Kigumba Town are employed in salaried and non-salaried positions at the district headquarters in Bweyale. [5]

Points of interest[edit]

Masindi, the largest town in the sub-region, lies approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi), by road, to the southwest of Kigumba. The district headquarters at Kiryandongo, are located approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), north of Kigumba. Located within the town itself is Kigumba Petroleum Institute (KPI), a tertiary institution of education belonging to the Ugandan government. The Institute occupies premises that formerly housed, Uganda Cooperative College, which has now relocated to the Eastern Ugandan town of Tororo. KPI has now been elevated to University status.[6] Kigumba Central Market is the largest fresh-food market in town. Stanbic Bank (Uganda) Limited, the largest commercial bank in Uganda, by assets and branches, maintains a branch in Kigumba.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UBOS, . (27 August 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS. Retrieved 26 February 2015. }
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Masindi and Kigumba with Map". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Kigumba and Kampala with Map". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Road Distance Between Kigumba And Kiryandongo With Map". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Newvision Staff, . (26 December 2012). "The Trees Were As Hard As Bones, Thus The Name Kigumba". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Kivabulaya, Frederick (16 April 2011). "Kigumba Petroleum Institute To Become University - Minister Lokeris". Uganda Radio Network Online. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 01°48′54″N 32°00′36″E / 1.81500°N 32.01000°E / 1.81500; 32.01000