Kasese Town

Kasese town

Kasese Town

Country:  Uganda

Coordinates: 0°11′12″N 30°05′17″E

Region  Western Region

Sub-region:        Rwenzururu region

District: Kasese District

Elevation:            3,000 ft (1,000 m)

Population (2014 Census)

  • Total 101,679

Kasese is a town north of Lake George in the Western Region of Uganda. It originally grew around the copper mine at Kilembe, while attention later turned to cobalt mining. It is the chief town of Kasese District, and the district headquarters are located there. Kasese is also the largest town in the Rwenzururu region. Charles Mumbere, the Omusinga of Rwenzururu, maintains a palace in the town.


Kasese town is at the western end of the now partially functional Uganda Railway to Kampala and Tororo and is home to Kasese Airport. The city is near the Rwenzori Mountains and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kasese is approximately 345 kilometres (214 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. This is about 61 kilometres (38 mi), by road, north-east of Mpondwe, the border town at the international border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The coordinates of Kasese are 0°11’12.0″N, 30°05’17.0″E (Latitude:0.186667; Longitude:30.088050).


In August 2014, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics estimated the population of the town at 101,679.

Kasese town is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Uganda. The reasons for this rapid population growth include:


  • Kasese Cobalt Company Limited (KCCL), located on the road from Kasese to Rubirizi just south of the central business district of Kasese, extracts cobalt from the sludge left after copper is extracted from the raw ore
  • Kilembe Mines is a copper and cobalt mine in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community.

The mine is located in Kilembe, a suburb of the town of Kasese, in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in the Western Region of Uganda Kilembe Mines is Uganda’s largest copper mine, with estimated deposits of copper in excess of 4,000,000 tonnes and an undetermined amount of cobalt ore. In addition, there approximately 2,800 acres (1,100 ha), of unexplored acreage at the site.

Kasese town is located in a rich mineral region which is highly industrialized reason area members of parliament were lobbying for Kasese to be a mineral city when it missed out on being recognized as Uganda’s tourism city in favour of Fort portal.

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