Kongwa (Tanzanian ward)

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Kongwa is located in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Coordinates: 06°11′34″S 36°24′26″E / 6.19278°S 36.40722°E / -6.19278; 36.40722
Country Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania
Region Dodoma Region
District Kongwa District
Population (2012)
 • Total 13,531
Time zone GMT + 3

Kongwa is a town and an administrative ward in the Kongwa District of the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. According to the 2012 census, the ward has a total population of 13,531, with an average household size of 4.6.[1]

Kongwa was the centre of the Tanganyika groundnut scheme, which was run by the Overseas Food Corporation (OFC) until the project was brought to an end in 1951. The facilities provided included a hospital, which still serves local patients. A school was established, originally for the children of expatriate staff of the OFC. This continued at Kongwa for a total of ten years until its closure in 1958.[2]

From 1964 onwards, sites in the Kongwa area were used for training purposes by SWAPO and FRELIMO and, in due course, by other movements including African National Congress, MPLA and ZAPU.[3]

Six kilometres from Kongwa itself is St Philips Theological College, which serves the Anglican Church of Tanzania. It was established in 1913 and provides training for Christian ministry in the Anglican and other churches, including some students from neighbouring countries.[4]


  1. ^ "2012 Population and Housing Census - Population Distribution by Administrative Areas" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Finance, Dar Es Salaam. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  2. ^ "Short History of Kongwa". Kongwa School Revisited. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  3. ^ "Living in Exile: Daily Life and International Relations at SWAPO's Kongwa camp" (PDF). Christian A Williams, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  4. ^ "St Philips Theological College Kongwa". St Philips Theological College. Retrieved 2013-02-06.