Ruvuma Region

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Ruvuma Region
Mkoa wa Ruvuma  (Swahili)
Ponds in Songea
Ponds in Songea
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Country Tanzania
Zone Southern Highlands
Capital Songea
 • Total 63,669 km2 (24,583 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,376,891
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Postcode 57xxx
Area code(s) 025

Ruvuma Region is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Songea. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,376,891, which was lower than the pre-census projection of 1,449,830.[1]:page 2 For 2002–2012, the region's 2.1 percent average annual population growth rate was the twentieth highest in the country.[1]:page 4 It was also the 28th most densely populated region with 22 people per square kilometer.[1]:page 6

The region is named after the Ruvuma River, which forms most of its southern boundary with Portuguese-speaking Mozambique (where it is known as «Rovuma»). The region is also bordered to the north by the Morogoro Region, to the northeast by the Lindi Region, to the east by the Mtwara Region, and to the northwest by the Njombe Region. Ruvuma has many different tribes, such as the Mpoto.

The regional commissioner of the Ruvuma Region is Said Thabit Mwambungu.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]


The region is administratively divided into five districts:

Districts of Ruvuma Region
Map District Population (2012)
Tanzania Ruvuma location map2.svg Mbinga 353,683
Namtumbo 201,639
Nyasa 146,160
Songea 377,130
Tunduru 298,279
Total 1,376,891


For parliamentary elections, Tanzania is divided into constituencies. As of the 2010 elections, the Ruvuma Region had six constituencies:[3]

  • Mbinga Magharibi Constituency
  • Mbinga Mashariki Constituency
  • Namtumbo Constituency
  • Peramiho Constituency
  • Songea Mjini Constituency
  • Tunduru Constituency


Coordinates: 11°00′S 36°00′E / 11.000°S 36.000°E / -11.000; 36.000