Kayunga was granted a District status by the parliament of Uganda on 1st December 2000 and became fully operational on 1st January 2001.It was curved out of its mother District Mukono.
A Prosperous Community with All Households Accessing Basic Needs of Life and Increased Income.
Mission statement: Coordinated delivery of services focusing on national and local priorities for equitable, balanced and sustainable development
Provision of basic social services and requisite facilities to cause local economic development
Medium Term Development Objectives
- To improve agriculture productivity through appropriate technology transfer as a means of promoting food security
- To promote local economic development within the district
- To promote accessible and customer friendly primary health care services to the community
- To improve sanitation, classroom environment, education management and inspection in primary schools
- To maintain a motorable road network in the district for transportation of person and produce
- To increase the safe water coverage in the district by 10% through construction of new water sources and maintaining the existing ones
- To complete Phase II of the district headquarters office building
Kayunga District enjoys a unique location as it lies in the central region of Uganda, It is 74 Km East of Kampala City, bordered by Mukono district to the south, Jinja & Buikwe to the east, Kamuli to the northeast, Amolator & Apac in the North, Luwero in the west and Nakasongola to the northwest.
The District has a total land area of 1810 sq. km. It lies between 1000-1200m above sea level. It is generally flat with no remarkable hills and part of it is a wetland (Ssezibwa). There is Lake Kyoga in the northern part.
Kayunga District has a varied climate. The southern part is characterised by tropical climate where the rainfall pattern is bi-modal. The district gets its first rains in March-May and second in September - December. The rainfall is evenly distributed. The northern part of the district is characterized by the savannah type of climate (this is part of the cattle corridor) where one season of heavy rain is experienced and is not evenly distributed.
The vegetation cover is predominantly savannah with short grasses and thorny bushes. There are two forest reserves Nazigo and Bbaale. Swampy vegetation is also traced along River Ssezibwa.
According to the results of the 2014 Population Census, Kayunga had a total of 370,210 people
The District is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and diversity in ethnicity. The following tribes are prevalent: Baganda, Basoga, Baruli, Iteso, Jopadhola, kuku, Bagwere, Banyole, Bagisu, Banyala and Banyarwanda.
The district is accessed with all mobile telephone networks; It can easily be reached from both Kampala and Jinja, the well-known urban centers in the country. The District connects to Kampala and Jinja by tarmac roads, a distance of 74 Kms and 44Kms respectively.
Subsistence agriculture like in most rural parts of the country employs almost 96% of the population. Coffee is the main cash crop but. The main food crops include maize,bananas, sweet potatoes, cassava, maize, beans and ground nuts. In addition, fruits (pineapples, watermelon, mangoes and passion) are grown for commercial purposes. The sub counties mainly engaged in crop farming are Kangulumira, Kitimbwa, Kayonza, Nazigo, Kayunga and Busaana. The rest are mainly involved in livestock farming.
Fishing is done in the northern part of the district along L.Kyoga and River Nile. Other parts of the District (Kangulumira, Nazigo and Kayunga) engage in fish farming. The major fish catches include tilapia and Nile perch.
Live stock Farming
Livestock farming is carried out in Ntenjeru and Bbaale counties; animals mainly reared include cattle, goats nad pigs. A livestock market was established in Bbaale to provide better marketing of the animals.
The District also engages in general trade, agro processing among others
There are 396 primary schools of which 167 are government and 229 are private. 64 secondary schools of which 11 are government aided and 53 are private and 1 government Technical school.
The district has 23 government health facilities. 1 District hospital i.e.; Kayunga hospital, 2 health centre IVs (Kangulumira and Bbaale), 8 HC IIIs and 12 HC IIs.
Accessibility: The District is accessible by road and water. It can easily be reached from both Kampala and Jinja, the well-known urban centers in the country. The district connects to Kampala and Jinja by tarmac roads a distance of 74 Kms and 44 Kms respectively. It also connects with Kamuli District by ferry and Amolator district by boats
Electricity: Hydro-Electric Power available. All Sub counties are connected to the national grid. Through the Rural Electrification program, electricity is being extended to more parishes and villages in the district especially in Bbaale constituency.
Tourist attractions: Some of the tourist sites are Kalagala Falls, sport fishing on Kirindi Island, Seeta -Nyiize rocks, Bbaale cultural rocks, cultural dances ( different tribes) , pineapple gardens, Isimba dam, Sezibwa river, Kalagala cultural site , Kawongo landing site, beautiful view of R.Nile joining onto L.Kyoga waters among others.
The district is made up of, 2 counties, 8 sub counties, 5 town councils, 61 parishes and 374 villages including cells. Its headquarters are at Ntenjeru village in Kayunga town council.
The District Council
Currently the District council comprises of 25 members, headed by the District speaker.
The Technical Team
The District has a technical team made up of 11 departments and units namely: Administration, Finance, Health, Education, Works, Council & Statutory bodies, Production & Marketing, Community Based Services, Planning Unit and Audit. This team is headed by the Chief Administrative Officer who is the head of civil service in the district.
EDUCATION AND SPORTS
To enroll and retain all school going age children in schools in Kayunga District throughout the given education cycles.
District council recognizes the requisite for education for all (EFA) in primary and secondary level.
The District council has instituted various measures to realize the goals and these measures include; increasing and improving equitable access to quality education at all levels and improving effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of the education services.
Primary Education Level
Primary education is the core of the schooling system because it’s at this level where the substratum of human capital development is built. There are 396 primary schools of which 167 are government and 229 are private.
The District has continued to focus on increasing investment in the Primary education and thus a number of developments have been recorded with regards to Primary Education especially under the Universal Primary Education in order to improve access, equity, and quality of primary education with the goal of eradicating illiteracy and transforming society from the dejection of poverty.
There are 64 secondary schools of which 11 are government aided and 53 are privately owned secondary schools. Out of these, 9 schools are implementing the Universal Secondary Education Programme (USE).
The District has 3 Technical schools ie Kayunga technical school in Kayunga Town council, Ahamed Seguya Memorial Technical School and St. Paul Polytechnic College.
It has also 3 Vocational schools i.e one of which is public and the others are privately owned. These include Mirembe Self Help Vocational school in Kayunga Town Council, Natteta Vocational School, Sekisinde Vocational School in Nazigo sub-county and Centenary Vocational college in Kayunga sub-county.
It also has Nazigo Primary Teachers’ college
The department is composed of the following sectors;
The sector’s goal is “to ensure proper quality in design, construction, inspection and maintenance of all Local Administration building structures, roads and safe water provision in the district”.
The roads sector is responsible for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the district road network to a motorable state for transportation of person, property and produce.
Brief description of major district roads and their current status and planned activities
The District has a total road network of 1201.8 Km categorized under the following classes.
a) National roads: 4 roads under UNRA- 208 km & these include: Mukono
Boarder-Kayunga Town, Kayunga Town-Galiraya, Kayunga-Busaana road and
The District has Ssezibwa Bridge that is in good condition.
A bridge is also being constructed on R. Nile under the Isimba dam project.
b) District roads: 340 km (Under District): 195km (57%) is gravel, 145km (43%) is earth 35% of the road surface area is good, 43% is fair, 12 % is in poor condition & 10% is in bad condition.
c) Urban roads: 63km (Under Kayunga Town Council): _ Only 0.2 km (0.3%) is tarmac, 20.7km (32%) is gravel & 44.6km (68%) is earth surface.
d) Community Access roads (CARs): District has a total of 653.8km of CARs maintained by SCs & 65.5km under Kayunga Town Council.
Before the creation of the district in 2000, the average safe water coverage was approximately 30%, however it’s now pegged at 70%. This capacity covers boreholes, shallow wells and piped water schemes in Kayunga Town council, Kangulumira, Nazigo, Kasana and Bbaale rural growth centres. This implies that 30% of the population in the District is still utilizing water from ponds, unprotected streams, rivers and lake.
There are 337 boreholes and 223 shallow wells in the locality. These have enabled approximately 41,715 households to access safe water. Functionality is about 80%. Piped water is another source of safe water in the locality. There are 245 stand pipes in Kayunga Town Council and Kangulumira sub-county. These are serving approximately 4,500 people in the locality. Other sources include springs, and open water bodies like lakes and rivers. The major problems related to most water sources is poor water quality and non-functional water management committees.
There is no irrigation infrastructure despite the fact that there are plenty of water bodies in the district. This implies that farmers have to withstand seasonal variations in rainfall which limits production levels.
PRODUCTION AND MARKETING DEPARTMENT
The department is composed of the following sectors:
6. Operation Wealth Creation.
It’s the major employer of the residents in the District, thus it’s the major driving force for the transformation of our society from a predominantly subsistence economy to a modern and commercialized economy.
In agriculture, emphasis has been placed on investing in 10 enterprises (Coffee, Bananas, Pineapples, Maize, Rice, Cassava, Beans, Fish farming, animal products, and apiculture), along the value chains.
Focus is being put on: increasing access to and effective use of critical farm inputs; promoting sustainable land use and soil management; increasing access to agricultural finance with specific emphasis on women youthful and PWD farmers; and strengthening agricultural institutions for effective coordination and service delivery
FINANCE & PLANNING
The goal of the directorate is to formulate realistic plans and efficient allocation of financial resources for equitable development.
COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES DEPARTMENT
This department is composed of various sub-sectors that include Gender and Women, Community Development, Disability & Elderly, Probation and Social Welfare, Youth, culture and Labour.
The Sector’s core functions include social protection, of the vulnerable, women empowerment, community mobilization, gender mainstreaming and participatory planning.
The community based services have been extended to PWDs, women & youth. Probation, OVC & adult literacy services have also been provided to the community.
Achievements registered by the sector;
The department is implementing various programs which include the following;
1. Youth Livelihood Program. The Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development has provided UGX 1,141,816,238/= to 156 youth projects in the district, whereby 1,815 individual youth have benefited.