Kwango District

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Kwango District
Location of Kwango province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location of Kwango province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 4°49′19″S 17°02′24″E / 4.821845°S 17.039881°E / -4.821845; 17.039881Coordinates: 4°49′19″S 17°02′24″E / 4.821845°S 17.039881°E / -4.821845; 17.039881
Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Bandundu
National language Kikongo

Kwango District is a district located in the Bandundu province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It takes its name from the Kwango River, a tributary of the Kasai River that defines the international boundary between the DRC and Angola.

Under the constitution of 18 February 2006, Kwango District was scheduled to become Kwango Province, one of the 25 new provinces into which the DRC would be divided. As of January 2011 this decentralization had not happened.[1]

Towns/Territories[edit]

The capital of Kwango district is Kenge.[2] Other towns include Popokabaka, Feshi, Kasango-Lunda, Lusanga and Kahemba. The district is in the southwest of the DRC, bordering Angola to the south.[3] Territories are:

Former province[edit]

Kwango existed as a separate province from 1962 to 1966, prior the creation of Bandundu from the post-colonial political regions of Kwango, Kwilu District, and Mai-Ndombe District. Presidents (from 1965, governors)

  • 23 Sep 1962 - 11 Nov 1962 Albert Delvaux (b. 1918 - d. ?)
  • Nov 1962 Emmanuel Mayamba
  • 1962 - Apr 1963 Alphonse Pashi
  • Aug 1963 - Apr 1964 Pierre Masikita (1st time)
  • Apr 1964 - 30 Sep 1964 Belunda Kavunzu
  • 30 Sep 1964 - 24 Aug 1965 Joseph Kulumba
  • 24 Aug 1965 - 25 Apr 1966 Pierre Masikita (2nd time)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo Kinshasa)". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo". Statiods.com. 
  3. ^ X. Blaes, PNUD-SIG (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo". UNOCHA and PNUD. Retrieved 2011-11-22.