Wakiso District

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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; 32.483Coordinates: 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)
 (2014 Census)
 • Total1,997,418
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

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.


Wakiso District lies in the Central Region of the country, bordering with 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), by road, 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 about 562,900. According to the 2002 national census figures, Wakiso District had a population of approximately 957,300, 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 district is rapidly becoming urbanized, with the main economic activities changing from agriculture to trade and industry.

Wakiso District Population Trends

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, and Entebbe Municipality. The district is further subdivided into the following administrative units:[4]

  1. Busukuma
  2. Entebbe Municipality
  3. Gombe
  4. Kakiri Town
  5. Katabi
  6. Kasanje
  7. Kira Town
  8. Makindye Municipality
  9. Masuliita
  10. Nabweru
  11. Namayumba
  12. Nangabo
  13. Nansana Town
  14. Nsangi
  15. Ssisa
  16. 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:

Lake Victoria[edit]

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest fresh-water lake in the world. The lake is a prime spot for leisure activities. Water sports available on the lake include sport fishing, rafting, canoeing, cruising, and sailing.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.citypopulation.de/php/uganda-admin.php
  2. ^ Uganda District Map
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Wakiso With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Subcounties In Wakiso District". Land Conflict Mapping Tool (lcmt.com)l. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  5. ^ Kato, Joshua (24 October 2007). "Challenges of Turning Wakiso". New Vision. Retrieved 14 April 2014.

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