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Hoima Municipality
District capital
Nickname(s): Oil City[1]
Motto: Together We Shall Fly High.
Hoima Municipality is located in Uganda
Hoima Municipality
Location in Uganda
Country Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Bunyoro sub-region
District Hoima District
 • Mayor Grace Mary Mugasa[2]
Elevation 3,674.54 ft (1,120 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 100,625[3]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Hoima is a town in Western Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial center of Hoima District in Uganda. It is also the location of the palace of the Omukama of Bunyoro.


  • Location 1
  • Population 2
  • Economic activity 3
  • Points of interest 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Hoima is located approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda's largest city, on an all-weather tarmac highway.[4] The coordinates of the town are:1°25'55.0"N 31°21'09.0"E (Latitude:1.431944; Longitude:31.352500).[5]


According to the 2002 national census, the population of Hoima was about 27,930. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 40,600. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Hoima at 42,600.[6] On 27 August 2014, the national population census put Hoima's population at 100,625.[3]

Economic activity

Between 2000 and 2009, a considerable amount of oil deposits, estimated at between 2.5 billion to 3.5 billion barrels have been discovered in Lake Albert and on the shores of the lake, in Hoima District and neighboring Buliisa District.[7] An oil refinery, the Uganda Oil Refinery, is planned in Kabaale Village, Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Hoima.[8] An oil pipeline, the Uganda-Kenya Crude Oil Pipeline, is also planned to evacuate crude oil to the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Lamu.[9] Consequently, Hoima is poised to become a beehive of economic activity, as a result of the discovery of oil in the neighborhood.[10][11]

As a result of the increased economic activity in the area, Hoima has been upgraded to Municipality status, with increased infrastructure to handle the new businesses and new residents.[12] Land prices, rental rates and other real estate costs in Hoima have gone up in the recent past, as demand for real estate in the town and surrounding areas has increased.[13]

Points of interest

The following points of interest are found within the town limits or close to the edges of town:

See also


  1. ^ Waiswa, Baz (25 March 2013). "Uganda: Hoima Town, Heart of the Oil Kingdom".  
  2. ^ Kivabulaya, Fredrick (3 March 2011). "Hoima Elects Its First Female Mayor". Uganda Radio Network Online. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  3. ^ 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 21 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Distance Between Kampala And Hoima With Map". Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  5. ^  
  6. ^ "Estimated Population of Hoima In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tullow Boosts Uganda Oil Projections". RTÉ Commercial Enterprises. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Ouga, Samuel (14 August 2013). "Uganda’s Oil Refinery – An Opportunity for Transformation".  
  9. ^ "Uganda Reaches Deal With Total, CNOOC Over Refinery".  
  10. ^ Haywood, Katherine (17 March 2010). "Norwegians To Build Power Plant In Hoima".  
  11. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (21 August 2008). "Hoima Economic Activities Boom".  
  12. ^ Kwesiga, Pascal (15 February 2009). "MPs Go to Hoima".  
  13. ^ Kwesiga, Pascal (13 January 2011). "Uganda: Oil Stirs Up Business In Hoima".  

External links

  • 2,900 hectares (11 sq mi) of Land Set Aside for Oil Refinery
  • Hoima Rapidly Becoming A Large Metropolis
  • Oil Brings New Facelift To Hoima
  • Hoima: The Nectar Attracting A Bevy of New Businesses

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