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This article is about the Ugandan city. For the Ugandan district, see Mbale District. For the Kenyan town, see Mbale, Kenya.
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
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Regions Eastern Uganda
Subregion Bugisu sub-region
 • Mayor Mutwalibi Mafabi Zandya[2]
Elevation 1,143 m (3,750 ft)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 96,189[1]

Mbale is a city in Eastern Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial center of Mbale District and the surrounding sub-region. The district is named after the town.


Mbale lies 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 lies approximately 52 kilometres (32 mi) east of Mbale.[5]


Mbale is home to the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), and also other centres of higher Education like Bugema University, Uganda Christian University, Uganda martyrs university as well as the Moses Synagogue around which most of the Abayudaya live. The population includes members of the Gisu ethnic group, mainly the Bamasaaba and Bagisu, Itesots, Kupsabinys, karimojongs, baganda(from Kakungulus lineage0 etc.

Mbale is known for its limited nightlife, and has a clock tower in the centre of town. An early scene in Casino Royale (2006) is set in Mbale District, but was not filmed there. James Bond (Daniel Craig) himself is not in the scene.


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 of the town at 81,900. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Mbale at 91,800.[6] In 2014, the national population census put the population of Mbale, Uganda 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 Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT).[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 - Capacity: 25,000


Health facilities[edit]

Educational institutions[edit]

  • Busitema University Medical School - The medical school of Busitema University, a public institution of higher education
  • The main campus of the Islamic University in Uganda
  • The Mbale Pentecostal Theological College (Pictured, right)
  • The Mbale Campus of Uganda Martyrs University, a private university, whose headquarters are located in Nkozi, Mpigi District.
  • Nabumali High School - The mixed, boarding secondary school, is located about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), south of Mbale of the Mbale-Tororo Road
  • LivingStone International University - a private university affiliated with the fellowship of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.
  • The Mbale Campus of Uganda Christian University, a private Christian university, whose main campus is located in Mukono, Mukono District.
  • St Pauls College aka Mbale College a mixed boarding school
  • Mbale senior Secondary School located in Industrial Division of Mbale Municipality
  • Grace Nursery, Primary and Secondary (private)Schools located in Wanale Division of Mbale Municipality

Hotels and recreation centre[edit]

  • Mbale Resort Hotel
  • Protea Hotel
  • Green gardens
  • Thatch gardens

Financial institutions[edit]

The following financial institutions maintain branches in Mbale:

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. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Background of Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust". Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust (PONT). Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Owor, Mark (23 December 2008). "United Bank of Africa Goes to Mbale". New Vision (Uganda). Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "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