Kumi: The home of Nyero Rock paintings
Posted Thursday, October 17 2013 at 01:00
Kumi- Originally known as South Teso, the district was created in 1975 and in 1980, while comprising Kumi, Ngora Bukedea counties, it was renamed Kumi District.
The district covers an estimated area of 1,055.8 square kilometres, 902.48 square kilometers of which is land area and 153.32 square kilometers (14.5 per cent) is covered by water bodies and wetlands.
Kumi consists of seven sub-counties, 83 parishes and 170 villages with a population growth rate of 4.3 per cent.
By 2010, the population in Kumi was projected at 233,800 people, 120,200 females and 113,600 males.
Kumi is also home to Nyero Rock paintings, the site of the Iron Age rock-shelters bearing illustrative paintings on their inner surfaces but even as makers of the paintings could not be traced, the ingenuity art demonstrates a high degree of inhabitants’ intelligence.
The district covers an estimated area of 1,055.8 square kilometres.
By 2010, the population in Kumi was projected at 233,800 people. It has a population growth rate of 4.3 per cent.
The district has 148 education institutions comprising 109 primary schools 91 of which are government-aided, 18 privately owned, and 26 nursery schools.
Many women in Kumi mostly survive on brewing millet liquor commonly known as ajon. Potatoes are grown on a wide range as food crops.
There are 16 health units in Kumi District, including one district hospital, a private hospital, six sub county health centres and eight village health units.
Who is who in Kumi?
Emorimor: The Iteso cultural chief, Papa Emormor Augustine Lemokol Osuban, is considered the father of five million Iteso, forming one of the largest tribes in the country.
Major Kanuti: The veteran soldier is remembered for the key role he played on Independence Day in 1962. He is the man who lowered the Union Jack and hoisted the Ugandan Flag.