Location of Kenema District in Sierra Leone
|• Type||District Council|
|• Council Chairman||Senesi Manssary (SLPP)|
|• Total||6,053 km2 (2,337 sq mi)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC0)|
Kenema District is a district in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. Its capital and largest city is Kenema, which is also the third largest city in Sierra Leone. The other major towns in the district include Tongo, Blama and Yomboma. The district is the most populous district in the Eastern province with a population 545,327. Kenema District has an area of 6,053 km2 (2,337 sq mi) and comprises sixteen chiefdoms.
The District of Kenema borders Bo District to the west, the Republic of Liberia to the south, Tonkolili District and Kono District to the north, Kailahun District to the southwest, and Pujehun District to the southeast.
Kenema District has four cities with a population of at least 40,000
Kenema District is governed with a district council form of government, which is headed by a District Council Chairman, who is the highest local government official in the district. The District Council Chairman is responsible for the general management of the district. The District Council Chairman is elected directly by the residents of Kenema District every four years. The current District Council Chairman of Kenema District Council is Senesi Manssary of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), who easily won the 2012 District Chairperson election with 80.30%, defeating his main opponent Doris Saffa Nyangbe of the All People's Congress (APC) who took 15.49%.
Kenema District is a reliable political stronghold of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), the main opposition party in Sierra Leone. The District overwhelmingly supports the SLPP by a large majority in Presidential, Parliamentary and local councils elections. The SLPP have won every Sierra leone presidential elections in the District by a large majority; including the 2012 Presidential election, when the SLPP presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio won 77.9% of the vote in the District, as he easily defeated the incumbent president Ernest Bai Koroma in the District who took only 18.7%.
Members of Parliament
Demographics of Kenema District
The estimated population of Kenema District was 515,461. Kenema District population is ethnically divers, although the Mende people make up the largest ethnic group. The district of Kenema enjoys religious plurality - Muslim and Christians. Since the emergence of the Second Liberian Civil War in 1999, Kenema District along with Bo District served more than 60,000 Liberian refugees
Notable people from Kenema District
- Mohamed Kallon, football star
- Paul Kpaka, football star
- Andrew Lungay, Politician
- J. B. Dauda, Sierra Leone minister of finance
Towns in Kenema District
- Kenema, capital and largest city
- Tongo, Second largest city
- "Kenema District" at kenemadistrict.org
- Sierra Leone Encyclopedia (Final 2004 census data.)