Rakai District

Coordinates: 00°43′S 31°24′E / 0.717°S 31.400°E / -0.717; 31.400
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Rakai District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°43′S 31°24′E / 0.717°S 31.400°E / -0.717; 31.400
Country Uganda
RegionCentral Region of Uganda
 • Land3,351.5 km2 (1,294.0 sq mi)
 (2014 Census)
 • Total518,008
 • Density154.1/km2 (399/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Rakai District is a district in the Central Region of Uganda. The town of Rakai is the site of the district's headquarters.[1]


Rakai District borders Lyantonde District to the northwest, Lwengo District to the north, Kyotera District to the northeast, Kalangala District to the east, the Kagera Region in the Republic of Tanzania to the south, Isingiro District to the southwest, and Kiruhura District to the northwest.[2] The town of Rakai is approximately 65.5 kilometres (40.7 mi) southwest of Masaka, the largest city in the sub-region.[3]


On 1 July 2006, the northern part of the district known as Kabula County was split off to form Lyantonde District.[4] Because of its proximity to Uganda's border with Tanzania, the district experiences cross-border commercial traffic to and from Bukoba. The Masaka–Mutukula Road traverses the district in a north to south direction.[5] The first recorded case of HIV/AIDS in Uganda, was at Kasensero Landing Site, on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Rakai District.[6] The disease has ravaged the district population, where prevalence rates were as high as 12 percent, as recently as 2014.[7]


The 1991 national population census put the district population at about 330,400. In 2002, the next national census estimated the population of the district at 404,330, with an annual growth rate of 1.8 percent. In 2012, the district population was estimated at 484,400.[8] The national household and population census conducted on 27 August 2014, enumerated the population of the district at 518,008.[9]


The town of Rakai is the chief municipal, political, and administrative center in the district. The district is divided into the following administrative units: (1) Kakuuto County (2) Kooki County.[10][11] Rakai is the main town in the district. Other urban centers in Rakai District include Kiziba, Mweruka, Lwentulege. [12]

Health issues[edit]

The main health issues in the district include malaria, childhood malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, HIV/AIDS, obstetric complications, respiratory infections, and skin diseases.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bindhe, Edward (3 May 2012). "Kooki Chief Defies Town Council on Hotel Construction". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ Google (25 October 2016). "Location of Rakai District On the Map of Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. ^ Globefeed.com (25 October 2016). "Distance between Rakai Town, Rakai, Central Region, Uganda and Masaka, Central Region, Uganda". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. ^ LDLG (2010). "Lyantonde District Local Government: Five Year District Environment Action Plan (1 July 2011 - 30 June 2016) - Chapter 1: Introductions". Lyantonde: Lyantonde District Local Government (LDLG). Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  5. ^ Muhumuza, Dennis (20 March 2011). "Memoirs of an exciting road trip to Dar es Salaam". Daily Monitor Mobile. Kampala. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  6. ^ Namubiru, Lydia (14 December 2007). "Kasensero: Where women are communal". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  7. ^ Mutyaba, Gertrude (10 February 2014). "Rakai: Where Uganda's HIV fight began". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Estimated Population of Rakai District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  9. ^ RDLG (November 2014). "Provisional Results for Census 2014: Rakai District Population by Sex, Residence, Population Type, Uganda, 2014" (PDF). Rakai District Local Government (RDLG) Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).
  10. ^ Statoids (3 November 2014). "Districts of Uganda". Satoids.com. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  11. ^ Statoids (2012). "Counties of Uganda". Satoids.com. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  12. ^ Google (25 October 2016). "Map of Rakai District, Showing Major Urban Centers" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  13. ^ Joyce K. Kikafunda, Hanifa K. Namusoke (2006). "Nutritional Status of HIV/AIDS Orphaned Children In Households Headed By The Elderly In Rakai District, South Western Uganda". African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. 6. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development Vol. 6(1). doi:10.4314/ajfand.v6i1.19169. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  14. ^ Natukunda, Carol (10 January 2014). "Health: Has the HIV/Aids fight lost steam?". New Vision. Retrieved 15 September 2014.

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