Vision statement To have a democratic prosperous society in a sustainable environment Lira District Mission statement To build and maintain a democratic prosperous society in a sustainable environment. Administrative and Local Government Units The district is composed of the following number of administrative units: Counties = 1 county and 1 Lira Municipal Council Sub-counties = 9 sub counties and 4 Divisions Parishes = 63 parishes and 20 wards in Lira Municipality Villages = 678 villages and 64 cells in Lira Municipality. Geology and Soils The geological formations in the district: – Basement complex (mainly undifferentiated acid gneiss) covering most of the district. Climate The continental climate of the district is modified by the large swamp area surrounding the southern part of the district. The rainfall in the district is bimodal with one peak during April-May and the other in August-October. The average annual rainfall in the district varies between 1200-1600 mm decreasing northwards. The rainfall is mainly convectional and normally comes in the afternoons and evenings. The average minimum and maximum temperatures are 22.50C and 25.50C, respectively. Absolute maximum temperature hardly goes beyond 360C, and absolute minimum hardly falls below 200C. The Equatorial Trough which brings rainfall passes over the district. The South easterly winds which also brings rains to the district passes over Lira. Land and sea breezes are common in the district. Wind run is low (1-4m/sec) during the rainy season and moderate (4-8m/sec) during the dry season. Lira District has one Higher Local Government, one Municipal Local Government (with 4 division LGs) and 9 Sub-county Local Governments. There are 1 County Administrative units, 63 parish administrative units, 20 wards administrative units, 678 village administrative units and 64 cell administrative units.
- District creation 1974
- Distance from Kampala is 375kms via Karuma- Kamdini .
- Total area 1,326 km²
- Land area 1154 km²
- Area of water bodies
- Population Density 314 persons per km²
- Average household size 4.7
- of households 108,691 with most homes being headed by men though there are women headed households and child headed households as well.
- Number of Constituencies 03 (Erute North, Eute South and Lira Municipalities)
- of sub counties 13
- of Municipalities 01
- of parishes 89
- of villages 751
Lira District Area Size in Km2 by Sub-County
|No.||Sub-county||Area size (km2)||No.||Sub-county||Area size (km2)|
|1||Amach||215.3||Erute County Total||1,290|
|4||Ngetta||65.8||12||Lira Central Division||8.1|
Population and Demographic Characteristics
The estimated population of the District, as of 2011 was 389,300. As of now, it is projected to be 416.100with an annual population growth rate of 3.6%.
The population figures alongside key demographic indicators for Lira District. Demography
- Population projection (2013) 416,100
- of Males 202,900
- of Females 213,200
- Women (15-49 years) 90,650 (22.5%)
- Population (6-12 yrs) 84,310 (20.9%)
- Adolescents (10 -24) years 131,100 (32.5%)
- Youth (18-30 years) 90,400 (22.4%)
- Children (0-18 years) 239,500 (59.4%)
- Children 0-5 years 100,620 (25%)
- Older persons (60+ years) 8,280 (2.1%)
- Ethnic grouping Langi
- Commonly spoken language Lango
- Population below poverty line 50%
Annual Population growth rate 3.6%
3 District Leadership
The District Council
This is the supreme organ of the District with Executive and Legislative Powers.
The District council comprises of 27 members with 15 males and 12 females.
The District Council is presided over by the District speaker and sits at least every two
The District Executive Committee
This is the organ of the District Council that manages the day today political matters of
the District on behalf of the District Council with Executive Powers
These monitor the performance of the District Executive Committee and Technical
Departments on behalf of the District Council. They are 5 and include
- Finance and Administration
- Education and Health
- Production and Natural Resources
- Works and Technical Service
- Community Based Services
Names and Titles of the District Leadership
|1||District Chairperson and Secretary for Finance.||Hon. Alex Oremo Alot|
|2||District Vice Chairperson and Secretary for Health and Education.||Hon. Andrew Ogwang Oryang|
|3||District Speaker||Hon. Martin Ocen Odyek|
|4||Deputy Speaker||Hon. Betty Akullu|
|5||District Executive Committee||
Chairperson Standing Committee
|1||The District is represented by 4 members of Parliament|
|Members of Parliament||
Representative of the Office of the President
|01||Resident District Commissioner||Mr. Odongo George|
|02||Deputy Resident Commissioner||Mr. Lutumoi|
District Technical Leadership
Chief Administrative Officer
The Chief Administrative Officer is Mr. Solomon Ssonko and is the head of District Public
Service. The CAO provides Strategic technical leadership, developing, reviewing, monitoring and implementation of policies plans budgets, and programmers of Central government and District
|council. He is assisted by a number of technical officers;|
The CAO supervises the following heads of Departments.
|State of Service Delivery in Lira District Local Government
The above heads of departments are responsible for Service Delivery in their departments being supervised by CAO.
Basic public services such as education, health, roads and agricultural advisory are essential to the local and national economy. The quality of these services provided to citizens is the ultimate measure of performance of government.
Service Delivery Indicators in Lira District (2012/13)
Primary Education Services