Blantyre District

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Location of Blantyre District in Malawi

Blantyre is a district in the Southern Region of Malawi. The capital is Blantyre, a commercial city where most Malawian industrial and business offices are. The district covers an area of 2,012 km² and has a population of 809,397. It was named after Blantyre, the birth village of David Livingstone in Scotland, one of the first missionary explorers who came to Nyasaland, as Malawi was called before independence in 1964. It is also a main trading point besides the other large cities in Malawi. The other large cities are Lilongwe, which is located in the central region, and Mzuzu, which is in the northern part of Malawi.

Government and administrative divisions

There are twelve National Assembly constituencies in Blantyre:

  • Blantyre - Bangwe
  • Blantyre - City East
  • Blantyre - City South
  • Blantyre - City South East
  • Blantyre - City West
  • Blantyre - Kabula
  • Blantyre - Malabada
  • Blantyre - North
  • Blantyre - North East
  • Blantyre - Rural East
  • Blantyre - West

Elections

Since the 2009 election all of these constituencies have been held by members of the Democratic Progressive Party.[1]

Another election was conducted on 20 May 2014, this was the first tripartite elections where voters chose Councillors, Members of Parliament and President. Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika won with 1,904,399 votes (36.4%).[2]

Towns in Blantyre District[edit]

Main Markets

Limbe market and Blantyre Market are main markets in Blantyre city. Most of the shops are owned by Malawians of Indian origin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parliament of Malawi - Members of Parliament - Blantyre District". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  2. ^ "Malawi Electoral Commission Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  3. ^ "Ndirande".

Coordinates: 15°30′S 35°00′E / 15.500°S 35.000°E / -15.500; 35.000