Dowa District

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Location of Dowa District in Malawi

Dowa is a district in the Central Region of Malawi. The capital is Dowa. The district covers an area of 3,041 km². and has a population of 411,387. The Chewas are the predominant ethnic group, followed by Ngonis. Nyau dancing is part of the culture inherited from the Chewa ancestors. These two groups are predominantly farming communities. Dowa District is an agricultural district which focuses on cotton, tobacco and groundnut farming, and the main food crops produced in the district are maize, sweet potatoes and pulses. People of the Yao ethnic group are also found, mainly in the major trading centres.

Government and administrative divisions[edit]

There are seven National Assembly constituencies in Dowa:

  • Dowa - Central
  • Dowa - East
  • Dowa - Ngala
  • Dowa - North
  • Dowa - North West
  • Dowa - South East
  • Dowa - West

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


Coordinates: 13°35′S 34°00′E / 13.583°S 34.000°E / -13.583; 34.000