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Storm in Tororo
Storm in Tororo
Tororo is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°41′34″N 34°10′54″E / 0.69278°N 34.18167°E / 0.69278; 34.18167
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Eastern Region of Uganda
District Tororo District
Elevation 3,888 ft (1,185 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 41,906[1]
Tororo rock
For the Japanese yam, see Dioscorea opposita. For the Sgt. Frog character, see Tororo (Sgt. Frog). For Tororo District, see Tororo District.

Tororo is a town in the Eastern Region of Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative, and commercial center of Tororo District.


The town is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of the town of Malaba at the border between Uganda and Kenya. This is approximately 230 kilometres (140 mi), by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[2] The coordinates of the town are 0°41'34.0"N, 34°10'54.0"E (Latitude:0.692780; Longitude:34.181655).[3]


It is known for its Hindu temples and the rock looming over the town. The town is also an important road junction. The town has been known as one of the most thunderous places in the world with frequent thunderstorms occurring. Apart from this, Tororo is extremely rich in minerals, with one of the highest phosphorus deposits in the world, according to a recent United Nations report on mineral depositions.


In 2002, the national census put the population of the town of Tororo at about 34,800. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population at 42,500. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population at 43,700.[4] The 2014 national population census put the population at 41,906.[1]

Local economy[edit]

Tororo, like many up-country towns in Uganda, has a weak local economy. The average income in the district is very low and, therefore, cannot adequately support local growth. Consequently, civil society organisations (such as nongovernmental and community organisations) have had a significant influence on employment and capital flows into the district and its immediate surroundings, such as the Mbale and Soroti districts.


Tororo has a major cement works, Tororo Cement Limited, that in 2007, because of power shortages, could produce only 19,000 metric tonnes of cement daily against an installed capacity of 35,000 metric tonnes.[5]

It is also home to SEBA Foods, a food factory that was officially opened by the president of Uganda on 25 June 2010.[6]

Electromaxx Limited constructed a 20 megawatt thermal plant, Tororo Power Station, that was commissioned in June 2010. There are plans to increase production at this plant to 50 megawatts.[citation needed]

Tororo is also the location of Nilefos Minerals Limited, a subsidiary of the Madhvani Group of companies. Nilefos mines and processes phosphates for use in fertilizer and related industries.[7]


Tororo has some of the oldest secondary schools in eastern Africa. These include St. Peter's College Tororo, sometimes referred to as Tororo College, Tororo Girls School, Tororo Rock High School, Manjasi High School, Tororo Progressive Academy, Kisoko School, Nagongera Mission School, and other schools in the municipality. An up-and-coming primary school is Mifumi Primary School. Busitema University, one of Uganda's public universities, maintains a campus at Nagongera, in the northwestern part of the district.


In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, Tororo experienced a tea boom and the houses of the plantation owners and merchants have remained and some are being restored as inns. The district is also the location of Tororo Rock, a geological pillar that overlooks the town and rises to 1,483 metres (4,865 ft) above sea level.


  • St. Peter's Catholic Church
  • St. Peter's Church of Uganda

Rail transport[edit]

Tororo railway station on the Uganda Railway.

Tororo marks the junction of railway lines to Pakwach, via Soroti, and to Kasese, via Kampala. Since 1993, the metre gauge line from Tororo Junction to Gulu and Pakwach has been out of use.

Rift Valley Railways funded the clearing of the line east to Gulu of vegetation and repairing track and bridges, thus allowing the first commercial train for 20 years to run through on the metre gauge track from the Kenyan port of Mombasa through Nairobi and Eldoret to the Kenyan frontier in Tororo and onwards to Gulu on the line to Pakwach on 14 September 2013.[8]

Points of interest[edit]

The following additional points of interest lie within the town limits or near its edges:



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 26 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Tororo With Map". Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Google (19 July 2015). "Location of Tororo At Google Maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  4. ^ UBOS. "Estimated Population of Tororo In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Kaujju, Peter (11 July 2007). "Cement shortage pushes retail price to sh25,000". New Vision. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Ibrahim Kasita, Henry Mukasa and Moses Nampala (24 June 2010). "Power cuts to go - Museveni". New Vision. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Ssonko, Kiganda (12 May 2008). "Madhvani to invest $535m in Tororo phosphates mining". New Vision. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Staff, Writers (9 October 2013). "Uganda's Northern Line revived". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 00°41′34″N 34°10′52″E / 0.69278°N 34.18111°E / 0.69278; 34.18111