Geita Region

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Geita Region

Mkoa wa Geita  (Swahili)
The Geita open pit gold mine.
The Geita open pit gold mine.
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
CountryTanzania
ZoneLake
CreatedMarch 2012
CapitalGeita
Government
 • Regional CommissionerEng. Robert Gabriel Luhumbi
Area
 • Total20,054 km2 (7,743 sq mi)
Population
(2012)
 • Total1,739,530
 • Density87/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Postcode
30xxx
Area code(s)028
WebsiteRegional website

Geita Region is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. The town of Geita is the capital. The regional commissioner of the Geita Region is Magalula Saidi Magalula.[1]

Geita Gold Mine is located within Geita Region, 4km west of the town of Geita. The mine is currently being owned and managed by AngloGold Ashanti.[2]

History[edit]

The region was created in March 2012[3] from portions of the Shinyanga, Mwanza, and Kagera regions.[4]

Districts[edit]

As of 2012, the region is administratively divided into five districts:[3]

Districts of Geita Region
Map with main roads in green District Population (2012)
Geita-Region.svg Bukombe 224,542
Chato 365,127
Geita 807,619
Mbogwe 193,922
Nyang'hwale 148,320
Total 1,739,530

Transport[edit]

Two paved trunk roads pass through the region from east to west: road T3 (from Kahama to the Rwanda border), passes through the south of the region, while road T4 (from Mwanza to Bukoba) passes through the north of the region.[5]

Tourism[edit]

Rubondo Island National Park is located on an island in Lake Victoria that is a part of Geita Region. It can be reached by ferry from Geita and Chato Districts.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (15 March 2012). "JK names RCs for new regions". The Citizen. Dar es Salaam.
  2. ^ "AngloGold Ashanti in Tanzania". AngloGold Ashanti. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Staff (9 March 2012). "Tanzania: State Gazettes New Regions, Districts". Daily News. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012.
  4. ^ (in Swahili)"Taarifa Kwa Umma: Notisi Ya Kuanzisha Mikoa Na Wilaya", Ofisi Ya Waziri Mkuu Tawala Za Mikoa Na Serikali Za Mitaa, 9 September 2011[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Geita Roads Network" (PDF). Tanroads. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Rubondo Island National Park". Tanzania National Parks. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2016.