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Wakiso District

Coordinates: 00°24′N 32°29′E / 0.400°N 32.483°E / 0.400; 32.483
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Wakiso District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°24′N 32°29′E / 0.400°N 32.483°E / 0.400; 32.483
Country Uganda
RegionCentral Uganda
 • Total1,906.7 km2 (736.2 sq mi)
 • Land1,906.7 km2 (736.2 sq mi)
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
 (2020 Estimate)
 • Total2,915,200
 • Density1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Drainage in Nansana Yesu Amala, Wakiso, Uganda.
Drainage in Nansana Yesu Amala - Wakiso district

Wakiso District is a district in the Central Region of Uganda that partly encircles Kampala, Uganda's capital city. The town of Wakiso is the site of the district headquarters. Kira, the country's second largest city and suburb of Kampala, is in the district.

A view of Nansana from Kabulengwa Hill in Wakiso district, Uganda.jpg
A view of Nansana from Kabulengwa Hill in Wakiso district, Uganda.


Wakiso District lies in the Central Region of the country, bordering Nakaseke District and Luweero District to the north, Mukono District to the east, Kalangala District in Lake Victoria to the south, Mpigi District to the southwest and Mityana District to the northwest.[2] Wakiso, where the district headquarters are located, lies approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in the country.[3] The coordinates of the district are:00 24N, 32 29E.


In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at 562,887. According to the 2002 national census figures, Wakiso District had a population of 907,988, making it the second-most populated district in the country. At that time, 53 percent of the population were children below the age of 18 years and 17 percent of the population were orphans. The national census and household survey of 2014 enumerated 1,997,418 people in the district. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the total population in the district, as of mid-year 2020 at 2,915,000. UBOS also calculated that the district population increased at an average annual rate of 6.7 percent, between 2014 and 2020.[1]

Historical population

Administrative units[edit]

Bombo road in Matugga - Mabanda (Wakiso District)

Wakiso District is made up of two counties and a municipality: Kyadondo County, Busiro County. Entebbe City was split off and granted city status in 2020. The district is further subdivided into the following administrative units:[4]

  1. Busukuma
  2. Gombe
  3. Kakiri Town
  4. Katabi
  5. Kasanje
  6. Kira Town
  7. Ssabagabo
  8. Masuliita
  9. Nabweru
  10. Namayumba
  11. Nangabo (includes Gayaza and Kasangati)
  12. Nansana Town
  13. Nsangi
  14. Ssisa
  15. Wakiso Town

The district headquarters are located in Wakiso Town, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Kampala on the highway to Hoima.[5] Wakiso District has a total area of 2,704 square kilometres (1,044 sq mi).

District leadership[edit]

The leadership is entrusted in the District Executive Council, composed of:

  • District Chairman
  • District Vice Chairman
  • District Secretary for Finance
  • District Secretary for Production & Natural Resources
  • District Secretary for Works & Technical Services
  • District secretary Gender
  • Resident District Commissioner
  • Deputy Resident District Commissioner

Tourist attractions[edit]

The tourist attractions in the district include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Uganda Bureau of Statistics (12 June 2020). "The population development of Wakiso District as well as related information and services" (Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics). Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  2. ^ Uganda District Map
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Wakiso With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Sub-counties In Wakiso District". Land Conflict Mapping Tool (lcmt.com). Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  5. ^ Kato, Joshua (24 October 2007). "Challenges of Turning Wakiso". New Vision. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Botanical Gardens land is still intact, says NARO boss". Nile Post. November 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Uganda Wildlife Education Center". uwec.ug.
  8. ^ "Lake Victoria | Size, Map, Countries, & Facts | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-06-28.

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