Kamwenge District

Kamwenge District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°14′11″N30°29′30″E / 0.23639°N 30.49167°E / 0.23639; 30.49167Coordinates: 00°14′11″N30°29′30″E / 0.23639°N 30.49167°E / 0.23639; 30.49167
Country   Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Toro sub-region
Capital Kamwenge
 • Total 2,439.4 km2 (941.9 sq mi)
 • Land 2,375.3 km2 (917.1 sq mi)
 • Water 64.1 km2 (24.7 sq mi)
 (2014 Census)
 • Total 249,100
 • Density 139.8/km2 (362/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+3 (EAT)

Kamwenge District is a district in Western Uganda. It is named after its 'chief town', Kamwenge, where the district headquarters are located. Kamwenge District is part of the Kingdom of Toro, one of the ancient traditional monarchies in Uganda. The kingdom is coterminous with Toro sub-region. The districts that constitute the sub-region are: (a) Bunyangabu District (b) Kabarole District (c) Kamwenge District (d) Kyegegwa District (e) Kitagwenda District and (f) Kyenjojo District.[1]

Location [ edit ]

Kamwenge District is bordered by Kyenjojo District to the north, Kyegegwa District and Kiruhura District to the northeast, Ibanda District to the east and southeast, Kitagwenda District to the south, Kasese District to the west Bunyangabu District and Kabarole District to the northwest.[2]

The town of Kamwenge, where the district headquarters are located, is approximately 64 kilometres (40 mi), by road, south-east of Fort Portal, the largest city in the Toro sub-region.[3] This is approximately 307 kilometres (191 mi), by road, west of Uganda's capital, Kampala.[4] The geographical coordinates of Kamwenge District are:0°14'11.0"N, 30°29'30.0"E (Latitude:0.236389; Longitude:30.491667).[5]

Overview [ edit ]

The district was created in 2000 by Act of Parliament. Prior to then, it was part of Kabarole District. It covers an area of approximately 2,439.4 square kilometres (941.9 sq mi). Of this, 64.1 square kilometres (24.7 sq mi) (2.6%) is covered by open water. It is predominantly a rural district with some of the worst poverty levels in the country. The district does not have a hospital.[6]

As of November 2019, Kamwenge is made up of one county and one Town council: 1. Kibaale County and 2. Kamwenge Town Council. The district is endowed with numerous wetlands, tropical forests in the Kasyoha/Kitomi region, and Kibaale National Park, which it shares with Kabarole District and Kyenjojo District. In Bwizi sub-county, there are pockets of highland tropical forest, on the mountain ranges. There are numerous aquatic systems in the district including:

Population [ edit ]

The national population census and household survey of 27 August 2014 enumerated the population of Kamwenge District at 414,454 inhabitants.[7] The same census enumerated the population of Kitagwenda District at 165,354.[8] In July 2019, Kitagwenda District was carved out of Kamwenge, leaving a population of 249,100, in 2014 numbers.[9]

Ethnicities and languages [ edit ]

The predominant ethnic group in the district are Bakiga, followed by Bafumbira. Other tribes include the indigenous Batoro; Batagwenda, Banyarwanda and several other tribes . Bakiga from Kabale District settled in the district in the late 1960s and early 1950s. The languages spoken include:

Economic activities [ edit ]

Agriculture is the mainstay of the district economy. Crops raised include:

In the Kitagwenda area of the district, there is fishing, some of it for commercial purposes.

Prominent people [ edit ]

  • Frank Tumwebaze a Ugandan educator and politician. He is the current Cabinet Minister of Information Technology and Communications in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016
  • Abigaba Cuthbert Mirembe a Ugandan engineer and current Member Parliament for Kibale County

Urban centres [ edit ]

There are many developing urban centres in the district. This is partly due to population increase and development of trading centres and rural electrification. The major urban centres include:

  • Kamwenge: the chief town of the district.
  • Kahunge : another town council within the district.
  • Biguri: a settlement in the district
  • Bigodi: another settlement in the district.

Geographical features [ edit ]

Kabuga Hill is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Kamwenge town, rising about 1,581 metres (5,187 ft).[10] above sea level. Its foothills contain farming homesteads and small communities of both temporary and permanent structures.

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Uganda Farmers Guide (2019). "View Farmers Groups in Toro Sub Region". Kampala: Uganda Farmers Guide. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ Uganda District Map
  3. ^ (28 November 2019). "Distance between Fort Portal, Kabarole, Uganda and Kamwenge, Uganda". Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. ^ (28 November 2019). "Distance between Kampala, Uganda and Kamwenge, Uganda". Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  5. ^ Google (28 November 2019). "Location of Kamwenge District, Western Region, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Profile of Kamwenge District". Uganda Travel Guide. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  7. ^ Uganda Bureau of Statistics (11 March 2019). "Population of Kamwenge District". Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  8. ^ Lawrence Mucunguzi (25 July 2019). "Robert Mugabe elected Kitagwenda Interim District Chairperson". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  9. ^ Lawrence Mucunguzi (25 July 2019). "Robert Mugabe elected Kitagwenda Interim District Chairperson". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
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