We are currently focusing on the Kasese District of Uganda, but plan to extend our services to other areas within and outside the Rwenzori region. The Kasese District is part of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, which is coterminus with the Rwenzururu sub-region in of western Uganda.
The Kasese district lies along the equator and borders the districts of Kabarole, Ntoroko, and Bundibugyo in the north; Lake George and Kamwenge in the east; Rubirizi and Lake Edward in the south; and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the west.
The district was formed in 1974 under the Provincial Administration of the Rwenzori district that was curved out of Tooro. Prior to this, it was part of Tooro kingdom, which comprised the present districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, and Kasese. The district has been affected greatly by political instability and wars, which have greatly hindered the infrastructural development and related service.
With a mountainous terrain in the north and flat plains in the south, Kasese is famous for its beautiful scenery, including two of Uganda’s ten national parks: Queen Elizabeth National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located around Lake Edward and Lake George; it has one of the most diverse bird populations in the world, is the most productive aquatic ecosystem on earth, and inhabits many mammals. Rwenzori National Park is home to Africa’s third highest mountain peak, as well as many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers.
Like most districts in Uganda, the Kasese district is predominantly agricultural, with over 85% of the people relying on subsistence farming for survival, employment, and income. The people keep livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs. Fishing activities also occur on Lake George, Lake Edward, and on smaller crater lakes in the district.
Kasese also has industrial potential, thanks to a number of industries (such as Hima Cement Factory, Kasese Cobalt Company, and Kilembe Mines) who have contributed greatly to the community by increasing employment opportunities for the population.
Kasese Municipality is the largest town and also serves as the business centre (with banks, supermarkets, etc). It is located approximately 559 kilometers west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. Learn more about the Kasese District.