Tshopo

Tshopo Province
Province de la Tshopo
Location of Tshopo Province
Coordinates: 0°31′N 25°12′E / 0.517°N 25.200°E / 0.517; 25.200Coordinates: 0°31′N 25°12′E / 0.517°N 25.200°E / 0.517; 25.200
Country  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Established 2015
Named for Tshopo River
Capital Kisangani
Government
 • Governor Louis-Marie Walle Lufungula[1]
Area
 • Total 199,567 km2 (77,053 sq mi)
Population
 (2005 est.)
 • Total 2,614,630
 • Density 13/km2 (34/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (Central Africa Time)
Official language French
Website latshopo.com

Tshopo is one of the 21 new provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo created in the 2015 repartitioning. It is situated in the north central part of the country on the Tshopo River, for which it is named.

Tshopo, Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, and Ituri provinces are the result of the dismemberment of the former Orientale province.[2] Tshopo was formed from the Tshopo district and the independently administered city of Kisangani which retained its status as a provincial capital.

Territories

Cascades of the Tshopo River

The provincial capital is the city of Kisangani. Territories are:[3]

History

From 1963 to 1966, the area was constituted as the province of Haut-Congo. It was merged into Orientale Province in 1966 as, separately, the District of Tshopo and the city of Kisangani. The Presidents (later governors) of Haut-Congo were:

  • 1963 – 26 June 1963: Georges Grenfell (b. 1908)
  • 26 June 1963 – 1964: Paul Isombuma
  • 1964 – August 1964: François Aradjabu
  • August 1964 – 5 Nov 1966: Jean Marie Alamazani

Provincial status was re-instated to Tshopo in 2015, being formed from Tshopo District and the city of Kisangani.[4]

Approximate correspondence between historical and current province

Approximate correspondence between historical and current province
Belgian Congo Republic of the Congo Zaire Democratic Republic of the Congo
1908 1919 1932 1947 1963 1966 1971 1988 1997 2015
22 districts 4 provinces 6 provinces 6 provinces 21 provinces + capital 8 provinces + capital 8 provinces + capital 11 provinces 11 provinces 26 provinces
Bas-Uele Orientale Stanleyville Orientale Uele Orientale Haut-Zaïre Orientale Bas-Uele
Haut-Uele Haut-Uele
Ituri Kibali-Ituri Ituri
Stanleyville Haut-Congo Tshopo
Aruwimi
Maniema Costermansville Kivu Maniema Kivu Maniema
Lowa
Kivu Nord-Kivu Nord-Kivu
Kivu-Central Sud-Kivu

References

  1. ^ "Congo (Kinshasa) provinces". Rulers. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Découpage territorial : procédures d'installation de nouvelles provinces". Radio Okapi (in French). 13 July 2015. Archived from the original on 19 July 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  3. ^ Blaes, X. (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). PNUD-SIG. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  4. ^ "Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo". Statiods.com.

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