Ruvuma Region

Ruvuma Region (Mkoa wa Ruvuma in Swahili) 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.[2]: page 2  For 2002–2012, the region's 2.1 percent average annual population growth rate was the twentieth highest in the country.[2]: page 4  It was also the 28th most densely populated region with 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi).[2]: page 6 

Ruvuma Region
Mkoa wa Ruvuma  (Swahili)
Ponds in Songea
Ponds in Songea
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Country Tanzania
ZoneSouthern Highlands
 • Total63,669 km2 (24,583 sq mi)
 • Total1,376,891
 • Density22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)025
HDI (2018)0.533[1]
low · 11th of 25
WebsiteOfficial website

The region is named after the Ruvuma River, the second longest river in Tanzania, which forms most of its southern boundary with Niassa province of 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 largest group in the region being the Ngoni. The highest point in the region is Mount Lukukura at 1,769m.

The regional commissioner of the Ruvuma Region is Christina Solomon Mndeme.[3]

Administrative divisionsEdit


Ruvuma Region is divided into five districts, each administered by a council:

Districts of Ruvuma Region
Map District Population
(2012 Census)
  Mbinga District 353,683
Namtumbo District 201,639
Nyasa District 146,160
Songea District 173,821
Songea Municipal 203,309
Tunduru District 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:[4]

  1. Nyasa Constituency
  2. Mbinga Mjini Constituency
  3. Mbinga Vijijini Constituency
  4. Namtumbo Constituency
  5. Peramiho Constituency
  6. Songea Mjini Constituency
  7. Tunduru Constituency
  8. Madaba Constituency

Notable personsEdit


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Archived from the original on 2018-09-23. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  2. ^ a b c Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Archived 2013-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Kitabu cha Mawasiliano Serikalini, Tanzania Government Directory, 2012, page 188
  4. ^ "Organisations located in Ruvuma Region - Tanzania". African Development Information. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-04.

External linksEdit

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