Kwango

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Kwango Province
Province
Location of Kwango Province
Coordinates: 4°49′18.64″S 17°2′23.57″E / 4.8218444°S 17.0398806°E / -4.8218444; 17.0398806Coordinates: 4°49′18.64″S 17°2′23.57″E / 4.8218444°S 17.0398806°E / -4.8218444; 17.0398806
Country  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Capital Kenge
Government
 • Governor Larousse Kabula Mavula[1]
Area
 • Total 89,974 km2 (34,739 sq mi)
Population (2005 est.)
 • Total 1,994,036
 • Density 22/km2 (57/sq mi)
Official language French
National language Kikongo

Kwango is one of the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2] Its capital is Kenge. It takes its name from the Kwango River, a tributary of the Kasai River that defines the international boundary between the DRC and Angola.

Towns/territories[edit]

The capital of Kwango district is Kenge.[3] Other towns include Popokabaka, Feshi, Kasongo Lunda, Lusanga and Kahemba. The province is in the southwest of the DRC, bordering Angola to the south.[4] Territories are:

History[edit]

Kwango previously existed as a province from 1962 to 1966. Presidents (from 1965, governors)

  • 23 September 1962 – 11 November 1962 Albert Delvaux (fl. 1918)
  • November 1962 Emmanuel Mayamba
  • 1962 – April 1963 Alphonse Pashi
  • August 1963 – April 1964 Pierre Masikita (1st time)
  • April 1964 – 30 September 1964 Belunda Kavunzu
  • 30 September 1964 –24 August 1965 Joseph Kulumba
  • 24 August 1965 – 25 April 1966 Pierre Masikita (2nd time)

From 1966 to 2015, Kwango was administered as a district as part of Bandundu Province. Kwango returned to full provincial status with its capital of Kenge on 18 July 2015.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RDC: liste de nouveaux gouverneurs de province élus". Radio Okapi. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Central Intelligence Agency (2016). "Democratic Republic of the Congo". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo". Statiods.com. 
  4. ^ X. Blaes, PNUD-SIG (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). UNOCHA and PNUD. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo Kinshasa)". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-11-22.