Rumphi District

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Location of Rumphi District in Malawi

Rumphi is a district in the Northern Region of Malawi. The capital is Rumphi. The district covers an area of 4,769 km.² and has a population of 128,360.

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Geography

Rumphi District extends from Lake Malawi in the east to the Zambian border in the west. The northern end of the Mzimba Plain extends into the eastern portion of the district. Most of the district is drained by the South Rukuru River and its tributaries. The Viphya Mountains extend into the southeastern portion of the district, and much of central portion of the district lies on the Nyika Plateau.

Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve covers the western end of the district, and Nyika National Park covers much of the center.

Rumphi is the district capital. Other towns include Chilumba, Chitango, Chiweta, and Livingstonia.

Demographics

At the time of the 2018 Census of Malawi, the distribution of the population of Rumphi District by ethnic group was as follows: [1]

Government and administrative divisions

There are three National Assembly constituencies in Rumphi:

Since the 2009 election all of these constituencies have been held by members of an independent party. [2]

Notable residents

Rumphi has produced some notable residents like:

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Bazuka Michael Kalwefu Mhango is a Malawian lawyer, educator and politician. He was born in Kasole Village in Karonga District, Northern Region, Malawi. He worked as a Science and Mathematics teacher at Livingstonia Secondary School in Rumphi before he became a lawyer and active in politics and public administration. He is the founder and President of Kaporo Foundation for Rural Development. He is the founder Commissioner for the University of Livingstonia and the commissioner charged with establishing Mzuzu University. His memberships include being on the board of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and the One Village One Product Programme. He is a member of the British Institute of Management (MBIM), He is currently a Member of Parliament for Karonga North West and was the former Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs and former Minister of Lands, Housing and Surveys.

Enoch Chihana is a Malawian Member of Parliament for Rumphi Central. He is running under an Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) ticket in a highly contested by-elections held in the northern region district. The seat was formerly occupied by DPP's Moses Chirambo who died last year. He won the coveted seat by over 6,641 votes followed by DPP’s 3,275 votes. He is the Minister of Sports.

Dindi Gowa Nyasulu was a renowned engineer, a Malawian politician and former head of AFORD, Malawi's fifth largest political party. He was born in Luwuchi village in Rumphi to Amos Gowa Nyasulu and Mary Ana Nyaukandawire. He died on December 11, 2012 in South Africa. At the time of his death, his name was associated to the design of many major roads and bridges in the Republic of Malawi.

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