Seke-Banza Territory

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Seke-Banza Territory
Seke-Banza Territory is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Seke-Banza Territory
Seke-Banza Territory
Coordinates: 5°20′14″S 13°16′40″E / 5.337327°S 13.2776486°E / -5.337327; 13.2776486Coordinates: 5°20′14″S 13°16′40″E / 5.337327°S 13.2776486°E / -5.337327; 13.2776486
Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
Province Kongo Central
District Bas-Fleuve
Area
 • Total 3,620 km2 (1,400 sq mi)

Seke-Banza Territory is an administrative area in the Bas-Fleuve District, Kongo Central province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the north of the city of Matadi. The administrative center is the town of Seke-Banza. The territory is divided into five sectors: Bundi, Isangila, Lufu, Mbavu and Sumbi.[1]

Roads[edit]

The city of Kinzau-Mvuete is in the Bundi sector of Seke-Banza Territory. It is at a crossroads, and is a center of trade for the territory with large urban centers such as Muanda, Boma, Matadi and Kinshasa.[2] In June 2007 it was reported that the 22 kilometres (14 mi) road running north from Kinzao to the town of Seke-Banza was in an advanced state of deterioration following torrential rains. The authorities were planning to raise money to fill the potholes through tolls.[3] As of November 2008 the road had still not been repaired. As a result, trucks and motorcycles could no longer transport food from the town, and the prices paid for produce such as cassava, peanuts and tarot had dropped by as much as one half.[4]

Security problems[edit]

In January 2008 there were violent clashes in Seke-Banza Territory between police and members of the Bundu dia Kongo politico-religious movement in which a number of innocent people were killed or injured.[5] In March 2007 Dr. Ngimbi Wasolwa of the General Hospital in Seke Banza said his facilities were overwhelmed by injured people, with no beds to receive further patients. The X-ray machine had not been working for a year, but due to the insecurity it was impossible to transfer patients by ambulance to Matadi.[6]

On 31 December 2010 police arrested 24 people in Kivava village and four more in Isangila sector of Seke-Banza territory. They were said to be former members of the Zairian Armed Forces (FAZ) from different parts of the country, and had been terrorizing the villagers.[7] In May 2011 there were violent clashes between villagers of Tshela Territory to the north and villagers of Seke-Banza Territory, competing for access to agricultural land.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blaes, X. (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). PNUD-SIG. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ "INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE DEVELOPPEMENT RURAL KINZAU-MVUETE (ISDR/KINZAU-MVUETE)" (in French). MINISTERE DE L'ESU. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  3. ^ Tshiala David (1 June 2007). "La route Kinzao-Mvuete-Seke-Banza en état de délabrement très avancé". Le Potentiel (in French). Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Seke-banza : route abimée". Vigilance DRC (in French). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Le président Kimasi déplore la mort des innocents à Seke-Banza". lesignalducontinent (in French). 31 January 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Urgence : Seke Banza : affaire BDK, une crise sanitaire en vue". Vigilance DRC. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Seke Banza: 28 présumés ex-FAZ aux arrêts". Radio Okapi (in French). 5 January 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  8. ^ "Des habitants de Tshela et de Seke-Banza se sont affrontés". l'Observateur (in French). 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-27.