Malaba, Uganda

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For the Kenyan town, see Malaba, Kenya.
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Malaba, Uganda
Malaba, Uganda is located in Uganda
Malaba, Uganda
Malaba, Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°38′40″N 34°15′38″E / 0.64444°N 34.26056°E / 0.64444; 34.26056
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Eastern Region of Uganda
District Tororo District
Elevation 3,870 ft (1,180 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 18,224[1]

Malaba, Uganda is a town in Tororo District in the Eastern Region of Uganda, on its eastern border with Kenya.


The town is on the main highway between Kampala and Nairobi, approximately 216 kilometres (134 mi), by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[2] It sits across the international border, adjacent to its similarly named sister town of Malaba, Kenya. The coordinates of the town are 0°38'40.0"N, 34°15'38.0"E (Latitude:0.644444; Longitude:34.260556).[3]


Malaba is a market town 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southeast of the town of Tororo. The railway crosses the border between Uganda and Kenya at Malaba.

Malaba is a busy crossing point between Uganda and Kenya. In 2013, it was the second-busiest border crossing between Uganda and Kenya, based on the volume of informal exports and imports.[4] See table below:

Uganda Border Towns' Market Share of Crossborder Informal Trade with Kenya in 2013
Rank Border Town Share of Exports Share of Imports
1 Busia 85.7% 68.7%
2 Malaba 9.6% 21.1%
3 Suam 3.6% 4.9%
4 Lwakhakha 1.4% 4.9%


The national census in 2002 estimated the population of the town at 7,600. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population at 9,200. In 2011, UBOS estimated the population at 9,500.[5] During the 2014 national population census, the population was enumerated at 18,224.[1]

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest lie within the town or close to its borders:

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Coordinates: 00°38′40″N 34°15′38″E / 0.64444°N 34.26056°E / 0.64444; 34.26056