Rukwa Region

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Rukwa Region
Mkoa wa Rukwa  (Swahili)
Region
Sumbawanga Municipality
Sumbawanga Municipality
Regional map before partition in 2012
Regional map before partition in 2012
Country Tanzania
Zone Southern Highlands
Capital Sumbawanga
Government
 • Regional Commissioner Stella Manyanya
Area
 • Total 22,792 km2 (8,800 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,004,539
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Postcode 55xxx
Area code(s) 025
Website rukwa.go.tz

Rukwa Region is one of Tanzania's 30 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Sumbawanga. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,004,539.[1]:page 2 For 2002-2012, the region's 3.2 percent average annual population growth rate was tied for the third highest in the country.[1]:page 4 It was also the twentieth most densely populated region with 44 people per square kilometer.[1]:page 6

The region is bordered to the north by the Kigoma and Tabora Regions, to the east by the Mbeya Region, to the south by Zambia, and to the west by Lake Tanganyika, which forms a border between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

History[edit]

The region's name comes from Lake Rukwa, which harbours the largest population of crocodiles in the nation.[citation needed] It is the region of the Fipa people, who maintain themselves by subsistence agriculture and livestock keeping.[citation needed]

The Rukwa Region was established in 1975 by President Julius Nyerere by taking Mpanda District from Tabora and the former unified Sumbawanga District from the Mbeya Region. Nkasi District was established in 1984.[2] In 2012, the region was reorganized with the Mpanda District going to the new Katavi Region.

Districts[edit]

The region is administratively divided into four districts:

Districts of Rukwa Region
District Admin. Ctr. Population (2012)
Kalambo Matai 207,700
Lyamba lya Mfipa Mtowisa 162,557[3]
Nkasi Namanyere 281,200
Sumbawanga Sumbawanga 353,082[3]
Total   1,004,539

Economy[edit]

While there are extensive mineral resources in the Rukwa Region,[4] there are no active large mines. Gem stones, including emerald, moonstone, aquamarine, amethyst, ruby, and topaz, have been recovered from a number of locations.[4] There are coal seams in the Muze, Namwele, and Mkomolo areas, and some mining has occurred there.[4]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 7°00′S 31°30′E / 7.000°S 31.500°E / -7.000; 31.500