Kira Town

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Kira Municipality
Kira is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°23′50″N 32°38′20″E / 0.39722°N 32.63889°E / 0.39722; 32.63889Coordinates: 00°23′50″N 32°38′20″E / 0.39722°N 32.63889°E / 0.39722; 32.63889
Country  Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Wakiso District
Parliamentary Constituency Kyaddondo East
 • Mayor Mamerito Mugerwa[2]
 • Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda[3]
 • Total 38.16 sq mi (98.83 km2)
Elevation 3,900 ft (1,190 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 313,761[1]
 • Density 4,712/sq mi (1,819.3/km2)

Kira Town, a municipality in the Wakiso District of the Central Region of Uganda, is the country's second-largest city by population. It is administered by the Kira Town Council, an urban local government within Wakiso District.[4]


Kira Town is bordered by Gayaza to the north, Mukono to the east, Lake Victoria to the south, Kampala to the west, and Kasangati to the northwest. The coordinates of the town are 00 24 00N, 32 38 24E (Latitude:0.40; Longitude:32.64).[5] The town lies approximately 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northeast of the central business district of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[6]


Kira Town is divided into six administrative parishes. These are:[4]

The political head of the town is the mayor[7] elected to a five-year term by universal adult suffrage across the six wards.[citation needed] The supreme policy-making organ is the Town Council, composed of 24 elected councillors.[7]


Kira Town is the largest town council (municipality) in Uganda by population.[8] The town is the second-largest urban center in the country, after Kampala.[1]

The population of Kira Town has grown at a relatively rapid rate compared to the national average over the last decade. Part of the rapid growth is attributable to the town's proximity to the city of Kampala.[1] Kira serves as a bedroom community for Kampala.[9][10][11]

2002 census[edit]

The national census in 2002 estimated Kira’s population to be 140,774 people, of whom 67,222 (47.8 percent) were males and 73,548 (52.2 percent) were females. The 2002 census gave the following figures for each of the six wards:

2002 Kira Town Population Census
Number Ward Males Females Total % of Total
1 Bweyogerere 17,547 20,094 37,641 26.7
2 Kimwaanyi 3,541 3,267 6,808 4.8
3 Kira 5,687 5,265 10,952 7.8
4 Kireka 25,281 28,728 54,008 38.4
5 Kirinnya 7,322 7,892 15,214 10.8
6 Kyaliwajjala 7,844 8,302 16,151 11.5
7 Total 67,222 73,548 140,774 100

2010 to 2011[edit]

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics estimated the town's mid-year 2010 population to be 172,300 and its mid-year 2011 population to be 179,800.[12] The town planner, however, estimated the population to be 300,000 in 2010.[13]

2014 census[edit]

In August 2014, the national population census put Kira Town's population at 313,761.[1]

Economic activities[edit]

A large number of young adults are engaged in boda boda (motorcycle and bicycle) for-hire transportation.[14] Increasingly, residents of Kira Town are employed in salaried and non-salaried positions in the city of Kampala and return to Kira in the evenings to sleep.[10][11] The Kampala Industrial and Business Park, an 894 hectares (2,210 acres) business development park developed by the Uganda Investment Authority at a cost of about US$200 million, is located at Namanve in Bweyogerere Ward in extreme southeastern Kira Town.[15]

Sites of interest[edit]

Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo[edit]

The Catholic Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs has been built at Namugongo in Kyaliwajjala Ward, where the majority of the 22 Catholic Uganda Martyrs (now Saints) were burned alive on the orders of Ssekabaka Mwanga II in the late 19th century.[16] An Anglican shrine, administered by the Church of Uganda, is located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the basilica, at the site where another group of martyrs were murdered for their beliefs.[17]

Kabaka's Palace at Kireka[edit]

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, maintain a palace on Kireka Hill, in Kireka Ward.[18]

Mandela National Stadium[edit]

Mandela National Stadium is the largest stadium in Uganda, with a sitting capacity of 45,202 people.[19] It is at Namboole, in Bweyogerere Ward.[20]


The Kampala Northern Bypass Highway[edit]

The Kampala Northern Bypass Highway, also referred to as the Northern Bypass, is the first dual-carriage interstate highway to be built in Uganda. It forms an incomplete circle around the northeast, north, and northwest of the city of Kampala. The northern and eastern portion of the highway traverses Bweyogerere and Kireka wards, in Kira Town.[21]

Other public health issues[edit]

The Public Health Department of Kira Town is determined to improve the living conditions of its citizens, through detailed attention to sanitation, provision of safe drinking water, safe disposal of human and other waste, and the maintenance of hygiene in schools, markets, and other public places. Plans are underway to formulate minimum acceptable hygiene standards for private and public buildings and open spaces.[22][11]

Poverty eradication[edit]

Efforts are underway to assist citizens in starting income-producing activities, including growing mushrooms.[23]


A number of first class primary and secondary schools are in the town.[24]

In January 2011, the Shimoni Core Primary Teachers' College opened at Kitikifumba village in Kira Town. The college, formerly located on Nakasero Hill in Kampala, was established by the British government in 1952. In 2006, the former location was sold to an investor to construct the Kampala Intercontinental Hotel. The new location occupies 25 acres (10 ha). The facilities can accommodate approximately 450 students. The new college cost approximately US$4 million (UGX:8 billion) to build.[25]

In 2011, St. Augustine International University (SAIU), a private, multi-campus university, received a provisional license from the Uganda National Council for Higher Education.[26] SAIU is one of a number of private universities accredited between 2010 and 2014. It maintains a campus at Namugongo, where it hosts its College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.[27]

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


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  12. ^ "Estimated Population of Kira Town In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Okwera, Oyet (6 August 2010). "The Rise And Rise of Kyaliwajjala (Town Planner Estimates Population of Kira Town At 300,000 In 2012". New Vision. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Ssemujju, Ibrahim Nganda (22 April 2015). "How To Stop Boda Bodas From Finishing Our Youths". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Kagolo, Francis (13 February 2013). "UIA Needs Sh470 Billion To Expedite Namanve Industrial Park". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
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  17. ^ UMM-COU, . (2015). "Uganda Martyrs Museum Namugongo - Church of Uganda". Uganda Martyrs Museum - Church of Uganda (UMM-COU). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
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  26. ^ UNCHE, . "Uganda National Council for Higher Education: Private Universities". Uganda National Council for Higher Education (UNCHE). Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
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  29. ^ Emmanuel Ainebyoona, and Winnie Tabitha (13 February 2015). "IUIU Launches Habib Medical School". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 3 May 2015. 

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