Ruvuma Region

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

Ruvuma Region

Mkoa wa Ruvuma  (Swahili)
Ponds in Songea
Location in Tanzania
ZoneSouthern Highlands
  Total63,669 km2 (24,583 sq mi)
  Density22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)025
WebsiteRegional website

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 Christina Solomon Mndeme.[2]

Administrative divisions


The region is administratively divided into five districts:

Districts of Ruvuma Region
Map District Population (2012)
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]

  • Nyasa Constituency
  • Mbinga Mjini Constituency
  • Mbinga Vijijini Constituency
  • Namtumbo Constituency
  • Peramiho Constituency
  • Songea Mjini Constituency
  • Tunduru Constituency
  • Madaba Constituency


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