There are few places in Uganda that can rival the rich history of Mbale. It has long been known to be the cleanest town in East Africa with well planned and organized streets. It boasts of a wide diversity of beautiful women sourced from across Uganda and larger East Africa.More Less
There are few places in Uganda that can rival the rich history of Mbale. After Uganda attained independence in 1962, the Mbale Municipal Council was the first town to be granted the official status of an Urban Authority. Mbale has long been known to be the cleanest town in East Africa with well planned and organized streets.
It is arguably Uganda’s food basket with matooke & malewa growing aplenty here. The name Mbale is derived from the local native Bagisu word for ‘stones’. In the Lugisu language, stones are referred to as kamabale. There are many types of stones found in Mbale, because Mbale Town is located on the foot of Wanale ridge of Mt. Elgon which is 8,000 feet above sea level. What’s more the city harnesses the world’s largest mountain caldera on mount Elgon, and overlooks Nkokonjeru ridge like cape town in South Africa.
It began as a commercial centre for Arab slave traders and later attracted Indian traders who had come to East Africa to build the railway line. Eventually, Mbale became the Uganda Government’s administrative centre for the Eastern Uganda region.
Mbale Municipality is currently the third largest town in Uganda after Kampala, the Capital City. It is strategically located in Uganda which makes it attractive and competitive. Its close location to Kenya also gives the city an edge and provides the town with opportunities for various economic activities and trans-border trade.
Mbale Town is fairly well connected in terms of transport. It is a major business hub in the region and trades with Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania. The town is served with a total of over 100 kilometres of tarmac and earth roads.
The main economic activities carried out in Mbale include trade, transport services such as boda-bodas, telecommunication services, restaurants, lodges and hotel services, and food processing industries. Mbale’s status as a business hub has resulted in high rates of migration into the town as many people flock to Mbale in search of livelihood opportunities. This has led to high population growth and which has caused a strain on the town’s social infrastructure and led to the mushrooming of slums such as Kikyafu,Kisenyi, Mooni, and Namatala /Malukhu among others.
Mbale is the only town with a five star Hotel outside kampala city.