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.



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.

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. [1]

Notable residents

Rumphi has produced some notable residents like:

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Coordinates: 10°45′S33°50′E / 10.750°S 33.833°E / -10.750; 33.833