Mbuji-Mayi


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Mbuji-Mayi

(əmbo͞o`jē-mī`yē), formerly

Bakwanga

(bäkwäng`gä), 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. After the Congo attained independence (1960) the city's population grew rapidly with the immigration of Luba people from other parts of the country. From 1960 to 1962 it was the capital of the secessionist Mining State of South KasaiKasai
, former province, c.124,000 sq mi (321,160 sq km), S central Congo (Kinshasa). Luluabourg (present Kananga) was the capital. Between the Kasai and the Sankuru rivers the Kuba kingdom of the Shongo people existed from the early 17th cent.
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Mbuji-Mayi

 

(Bakwanga Until 1966) a city in Zaýre on the Bushimaie River, the administrative center of Kasai Oriental Province. Population, 256,000(1970). Highway junction. Mbuji Mayi is an industrial diamond mining center (12-15 million carats a year). Its electrical power comes from the Tshala and Yang hydroelectric power plants on the Lubilash River.

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In return, Zimbabwe garrisoned the diamond town of Mbuji-Mayi to make it safe for the Kabila government.
The following surveys commissioned by the authors were conducted in January and June 2002 in the following five cities of the Congo: Kinshasa, Kikwit, Lumumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi and Gemena.
A Congolese government spokesman, would only confirm that seven people had been killed after being ''ejected from the plane'' at an altitude of 33,000 feet near the southern city of Mbuji-Mayi.
Up until mid-1999 it seemed as if the Goma faction might march all the way to Kinshasa, but something -- probably more than Zimbabwean troops -- stopped them just short of the strategic and diamond keystone of Mbuji-Mayi.
Rebel leader Laurent Kabila denied reports that his forces had captured Mbuji-Mayi, the capital of Zaire's diamond industry, but told French radio they were nearby and also were closing in on the country's second-largest city, Lubumbashi.
In September she returned for nine weeks, visiting Zaire's riverside capital of Kinshasa, the refugee-packed regions of Zaire's eastern Kivu provinces, the diamond-rich central area of Mbuji-Mayi and the southern city of Lubumbashi.
The geology in this region is dominated by the sediments of the Precambrian Mbuji-Mayi Formation, which locally comprise dolomites, sandstones and argillites, as well as doleritic volcanics.
It will focus on the areas of health; environment and sustainable agriculture; strengthening governance and the rule of law; the rehabilitation of 150 km of the national road Route Nationale 1, the major transport route linking the seaports with Kinshasa and Mbuji-Mayi in the centre of the country.
to the northwest of the producing Mbuji-Mayi Kimberlite diamond region.
People have become so suspicious of everybody and so self-centered that when you get there, they reflect their own image on you and think you must be wanting to steal diamonds in Mbuji-Mayi.
5m and with the 'le Caillou' ('the rock') as it was immediately dubbed, safely packed away, took the first plane out of Mbuji-Mayi and headed for Kinshasha.
This support is particularly strong among other rebel groups and middlemen, including the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF), which controls the Mbuji-Mayi diamond mines in the DRC.