THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government
MAJINA YA WALIOITWA KWENYE USAILI HALMASHAURI YA MANISPAA SUMBAWANGA
Names Called for Interview RUKWA at SUMBAWANGA Municipal Council on 04th May, 2021
Sumbawanga is a city located in western Tanzania. It is the capital of Rukwa Region with postcode number 55100 . The regional population is approximately 150,000 based on a 2002 census. Sumbawanga lies in the territory of the Wafipa Fipa tribe and so many people speak Kifipa, as well as Kiswahili, the most widely used language of Tanzania.
The name of the town literally translates as “throw away your witchcraft”, thought to be a warning from local spiritual “healers” to any bringing in superstitions and practices relating to spiritual healers from other areas; there are still some healers who practice both in town and in the surrounding smaller villages on the plateau.
The town has the largest hospital in the region, Rukwa General Hospital, which is government funded, as well as the smaller Dr. Atiman Hospital administrated and run by the Catholic Diocese of Sumbawanga..
The town acts as a supply and commercial center for the Rukwa Region and some governmental agencies are to be found there, notably the transport department for the region. Sumbawanga has both Libori and Moravian conference centres. A modest-size market is in the town centre where local produce may be found. This includes maize, rice, fruit, poultry and fish (from Lake Tanganyika and Lake Rukwa). Many imported plastic goods and electronics are available as well as bicycles and spares. Although there are several fuel outlets, supply can be quite erratic because of the difficulties of transport from the coast.