Rukungiri is located 430km from Uganda’s capital, Kampala in south-western Uganda. President Idi Amin Dada created it in 1974 as North Kigezi District and the residents crowned him Life President. It was later to be renamed Rukungiri in 1980.
Rukungiri borders Mitooma District to the north, Ntungamo to the east, Kabale to the south east, Kanungu to the south and Lake Edward and DR Congo to the west. It covers an area of 1524.28 square km with 11 per cent tropical high forests, 5.5 per cent wood land, 2.6 per cent bush land, 21.3 per cent grassland, 52 per cent farmland and 7.4 per cent open water.
It has three constituencies of Rujumbura, Rubabo and Rukungiri Municipality, nine sub-counties of Nyakishenyi, Nyarushanje, Buyanja, Kebisoni, Bwambara, Bugangari, Ruhinda, Buhunga and Nyakagyeme. There are three divisions; Southern, Eastern and Western, 79 parishes, four town boards, and 899 villages.
Rukungiri is mostly inhabited by the Bakiga, Bahororo, Banyabutumbi and other small sub-tribes.
According to recent statistics, Rukungiri has a population of 316,400 persons, 153,600 are males while 167,700 are females with a population density of 208 persons per square kilometer. The literacy rate stands at 85 per cent.
There are 162 UPE primary schools and 61 private primary schools, 52 secondary schools, 15 post primary certificates and diploma awarding institutions. Makobore Secondary School Kinyasano and Immaculate Heart Girls High School are the biggest pride in the district.
The major tourist attractions include, Lake Edward and Rwenshama fish landing site, the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ihimbo and Rubabo hot springs, Kisizi waterfalls, Eibare rya Bikira Maria, the Nengo Western Rift valley Escapement, Ihimbo forest reserve, River Mirera, culture among others.
Movers and shakers of Rukungiri
Bushoberwa Ndinyenka is the former ESO director who served as ambassador to South Sudan and currently serves in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
is the URA chief and from Buyanja which is the area in Rukungiri from where many influential heads hail.
Can Justus Byagageire is one of the great elders who served as a civil servant. He currently serves the church as a lay Canon.
Betty Muzanira is the Rukungiri Municipal council speaker. She is a former Rukungiri town council councillor.
Amb Sam Turyamuhika
is Uganda’s ambassador to Somalia and a former bush war sympathiser.
is the Rukungiri district chairman who formerly worked as Kebisoni Sub-county Chairperson.
Gen Aronda Nyakairima
is the minister of Internal Affairs and former army commander. He has been influential in local matters
is the former district chairperson and currently director at the main opposition FDC party.
is the Former MUK Guild president who came to the lime light when he won the 1994 CA election for Rujumbura.