Bakwanga


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Bakwanga,

Congo (Kinshasa): see Mbuji-MayiMbuji-Mayi
, formerly Bakwanga
, city (1984 pop. 486,235), capital of Kasai-Oriental prov., S central Congo (Kinshasa), on the Sankuru River. A commercial center in Luba country, it handles most of the industrial diamonds produced in the Congo.
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Bakwanga

 

until 1966, the name of the city of Mbuji-Mayi in the Republic of Zaire.

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L'histoire de la ville de Mbujimayi, et son developpement impulse par sa bourgeoisie diamantaire, est inseparable de celle de la Miniere de Bakwanga (MIBA) et de la violence etatique dans la lutte contre la fraude diamantaire (Misser et Vallee 1997: 57-89).
This formation was intruded by highly diamondiferous Bakwanga kimberlites during the Lower Cretaceous period.
After the severe downgrading of the DRC's main revenue earner, the giant Gecamines parastatal, (output of copper dropped from half a million tons in the mid-80s to only 30,000 tons last year), Miniere de Bakwanga (MIBA), the company's diamond-producing arm and the last profitable mining operation in the country is now in trouble.
In the capital of Eastern Kasai, Mbuji-Mayi, Congolese wildcat diggers are furious because they face the competition of armed Zimbabwean soldiers who mine gems even inside the concessions of the Miniere de Bakwanga company.
A longstanding agreement which had guaranteed De Beers a monopoly on the purchase of diamonds produced by the Miniere de Bakwanga (MIBA), was abruptly cancelled.
The marketing agreement with Zaire's main company, the Miniere de Bakwanga (MIBA) has been renewed, but in 1994, MIBA's output amounted to 4.