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Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
Mbale is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°04′50″N 34°10′30″E / 1.08056°N 34.17500°E / 1.08056; 34.17500
CountryFlag of Uganda.svg Uganda
RegionsEastern Uganda
SubregionBugisu sub-region
 • MayorMutwalibi Mafabi Zandya[2]
1,143 m (3,750 ft)
 (2014 Census)
 • Total96,189[1]

Mbale is a city in Eastern Region of Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative, and commercial center of Mbale District and the surrounding sub-region.


Mbale is approximately 245 kilometres (152 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala on an all weather tarmac highway.[3] The coordinates of the city are 1°04'50.0"N, 34°10'30.0"E (Latitude:1.080556; Longitude:34.175000).[4] The city also lies on the railway from Tororo to Pakwach. Mount Elgon, one of the highest peaks in East Africa, is approximately 52 kilometres (32 mi) east of Mbale.[5]


According to the 2002 national census, the population of Mbale was about 71,130. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population at 81,900. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population at 91,800.[6] In 2014, the national population census put the population at 96,189.[1]


Mbale was formally linked with the town of Pontypridd, Wales through local and regional twinning ceremonies in 2005. The link was intended to associate professionals and organizations in Pontypridd with their counterparts in Africa, under the auspices of the charity known as the Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust.[7]

Points of interest[edit]

Mbale PTC

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


Public facilities[edit]

  • Mbale central market
  • Mbale Municipal Stadium


Health facilities[edit]

Educational institutions[edit]

Financial institutions[edit]

Notable people[edit]

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 23 February 2015.
  2. ^ Mafabi, David (27 October 2013). "NRM Cadres Sabotaging Mbale Progress - Mayor". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Mbale With Map". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  4. ^ Google (2 July 2015). "Location of Mbale At Google Maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Map Showing Mbale And Mount Elgon With Route Marker". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Estimated Population of Mbale In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Background of Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust". Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT). Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Location of Mbale Currency Centre". Bank of Uganda. Retrieved 9 May 2014.

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Coordinates: 01°04′50″N 34°10′30″E / 1.08056°N 34.17500°E / 1.08056; 34.17500