Northern Province, Rwanda

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Northern Province
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Country Rwanda
Capital Byumba
 • Governor Aime Bosenibamwe
 • Total 3,276 km2 (1,265 sq mi)
Population (2012 census)
 • Total 1,726,370
 • Density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Other settlements Ruhengeri

Northern Province (Kinyarwanda: Intara y'Amajyaruguru; French: Province du Nord) is one of Rwanda's five provinces. It was created in early January 2006 as part of a government decentralization program that re-organized the country's local government structures.

Northern Province comprises most of the former provinces of Ruhengeri and Byumba, along with northern portions of Kigali Rural. It is divided into the districts of Burera, Gicumbi, Gakenke, Musanze, and Rulindo.

The capital city of Northern Province is Musanze.

The province's official languages are English, French and Kinyarwanda.

The governor, appointed by presidential decree, is currently Mr. Aime Bosenibamwe.

The preceding governor of Northern province was Boniface Rucagu,[1] formerly governor of Ruhengeri Province.[2]


  1. ^ Edward K. Mwesigye, Rwanda: Remembering Vital - Governor Rucagu, The New Times, 15 April 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  2. ^ Joseph Sebarenzi, God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation, Simon and Schuster, 2009. ISBN 9781416575733

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Coordinates: 1°34′5″S 29°54′37″E / 1.56806°S 29.91028°E / -1.56806; 29.91028