Near the grounds of Mbale Pentecostal Theological College
|• Mayor||Mutwalibi Mafabi Zandya|
|Elevation||1,156 m (3,793 ft)|
Mbale is approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda's capital and oldest city, on an all weather tarmac highway. The city lies at an average elevation of 1,156 metres (3,793 ft) above sea level.
The coordinates of the city are 1°04'50.0"N, 34°10'30.0"E (Latitude:1.080556; Longitude:34.175000). The city also lies on the railway from Tororo to Pakwach. Mount Elgon, one of the highest peaks in East Africa, is approximately 48 kilometres (30 mi), north-east of Mbale, by road.
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. In 2014, the national population census put the population at 96,189.
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.
Points of interest
The following points of interest lie within the city limits or close to its borders:
- The headquarters of Mbale District Administration
- The offices of Mbale City Council
- Mbale central market
- Mbale Municipal Stadium
- The headquarters of the 3rd Division of the Uganda People's Defense Force
- Mbale Regional Referral Hospital - a 400-bed public hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health
- CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda - a 42-bed private neurosurgery hospital, owned and administered by CURE International
- Uganda Christian University College - Headquartered at Mukono UCU formerly Bishop Tucker Theological College
- Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences - the medical school of Busitema University, a public institution of higher education
- The main campus of the Islamic University in Uganda
- The Mbale Campus of Uganda Martyrs University - a private university, whose headquarters are located in Nkozi, Mpigi District
- LivingStone International University - a private university affiliated with the fellowship of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ
- Mbale School of Clinical Officers
- Absa Bank Uganda Limited
- Bank of Africa Uganda Limited
- Mbale Currency Center
- Centenary Bank
- DFCU Bank
- Diamond Trust Bank (Uganda)
- Equity Bank Uganda Limited
- Finance Trust Bank
- Housing Finance Bank
- KCB Bank Uganda Limited
- National Social Security Fund
- PostBank Uganda
- Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited
- Joshua Wakholi: former public service minister, who died in the battle of liberation near the Tanzania-Uganda border in 1972, was captured unarmed, Assassinated at Makindye Military Barracks
- John Wasikye: Anglican Bishop, was Murdered After Liberation of Kampala, April 11, 1979
- James Wapakhabulo: Politician
- Lydia Wanyoto: Lawyer, politician and diplomat.
- Nathan Nandala Mafabi: Ugandan accountant, lawyer, and politician. He represents Budadiri County West in Sironko District in the Parliament of Uganda. From May 2011 until January 2014, he was the leader of the opposition.
- Maguma Siraji Lule Promoter, Business man, C.E.O Bobex Promotionz online media.
- Walter de Sousa Field Hockey player for Indian hockey team. He was born in Mbale, Uganda and spend his early childhood here where his father was working under the colonial administration.
- Gisu people
- Gisu language
- Mbale Kenya
- Railway stations in Uganda
- Bugisu Co-operative Union Limited
- List of cities and towns in Uganda
- 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". Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- Mafabi, David (27 October 2013). "NRM Cadres Sabotaging Mbale Progress - Mayor". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Draku, Franklin (22 May 2019). "Cabinet Elevates 15 Municipalities To Cities". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- Google (9 February 2021). "Distance between Kampala, Uganda and Mbale, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
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- Google (10 June 2019). "Location of Mbale, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- Google (9 February 2021). "Distance between Mbale, Uganda and Bugitimwa, Uganda With Map" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
- "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.
- "Background of Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust". Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT). Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- "Location of Mbale Currency Centre". Bank of Uganda. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Franklin Draku (22 May 2019). "Cabinet Elevates 15 Municipalities To Cities". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
- Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam (5 November 2019). "Cabinet Includes Masaka, Mbale Among New Cities To Be Operational In 2020". Kampala: SoftPower Uganda. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
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