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Namisindwa District in the Eastern part of Uganda became operational on 1 July 2017.  Prior to that the new district was “East Bubulo County” in Manafwa District. The rationale for creating this new district was to bring services closer to the people and create jobs and reduce youth unemployment.

The district has a population of 231, 500 people. It is bordered by Bududa District to the North, Kenya to the East and South, Tororo District to the South-west, and Manafwa District to the West.

Namisindwa is 283 km by road from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. The district headquarters are in Bupoto, also the main town, and the language mainly spoken here is Lugisu.

The district terrain in described as “hilly”, and prone to soil erosion during the rainy season. The gravel roads need frequent maintenance.  Agriculture is the main economic activity, and bananas are the main crops grown.

Tourists in Namisindwa may visit the Mt. Elgon National Park which is home to over 300 bird species. Here, they can also engage in bird watching, mountain hiking and biking. Statistics on Namisindwa