Looking down from Mount Zembe
Manica, Province of Mozambique
|• Total||62,272 km2 (24,043 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||2,436 m (7,992 ft)|
|Population (2007 census)|
|• Density||23/km2 (59/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||(+258) 251|
Manica is a province of Mozambique. It has an area of 62,272 km² and a population of 1,412,245 (2007 census). The province is surrounded by Zimbabwe in the west, Tete Province in the northwest, Sofala Province in the east, Save River in the south, and Zambezi river in the northeast. Chimoio is the capital of the province. The inhabitants practice subsistence farming. Main products are maize, cassava and goat meat. Agriculture is favored by the high rainfall and mild climate. Cashews were once an important export product. In 8th century the province came under the control of Munhumutapa Empire and had commercial relations with Arab-Swahili traders in the coastal regions. Later it came under the Portuguese influence. The highest mountain in Mozambique, Mount Binga (2436 m), lies in this province near the border with Zimbabwe. The Manica province is divided into nine districts and 34 administrative regions.
The province was the part of ancient Manica kingdom. The territory of the current province was part of the grant of the Mozambique Company, established in 1891. With the reversal of the territory for direct Portuguese colonial administration in 1942, the "District of Beira" was established, which came to be known as the "District of Manica and Sofala" in 1947. On August 5, 1970 this district was divided into "District Vila Pery "(the old name Chimoio) and" District of Sofala". During the period of the transitional government (September 7, 1974 to 25 June 1975) the District of Vila Pery was renamed "Province of Vila Pery" and later to its present name. Manica Province is rich in terms of gold, copper and base metal. Many farm workers from Zimbabwe have migrated to the province because of the conflicts in their country. The total number of such migrants is disputed and may range from 4,000 to 40,0000. In 2008, when the incumbent president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential elections, violence broke out in the country. This forced large number of people to migrate to Manica.
The province is headed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the President. Raimundo Diomba was the governor from 2005–07, Maurício Vieira from 2007 to 2010. Ana Comoana is the current provincial governor. Landmines are present in the province and deaths caused by them have been reported.
The 9 districts of Manica Province include:
- Báruè District
- Gondola District
- Guro District
- Machaze District
- Macossa District
- Manica District
- Mossurize District
- Sussundenga District
- Tambara District
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