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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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(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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References in periodicals archive
Raphael Ophthalmological Center, Mbuji Mayi
, Democratic Republic of the Congo (R.
The rural exodus (to major cities such as Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Mbuji Mayi
), the displacement of victims of war in the East as well as the movement of people across borders of the DRC makes this difficult to control pandemic for the country.
Congo Express will fly seven days a week between Lubumbashi and Kinshasa, the capital, and four times a week between Kinshasa and the diamond-producing center of Mbuji Mayi
, it said.
This outbreak rapidly spread to Mbuji Mayi
in Eastern Kasai where, as discovered during the outbreak investigation, the first case was in a tradeswoman who had traveled by train to Bukama to buy fish.
The postponement prompted riots in the mining town of Mbuji Mayi
, resulting in attacks on the offices of parties included in the government and the deaths of two people.
The Oryx prospectus showed that Osleg, the ZDF's investment arm, would get 40% of the profits earned by operating its concession at Mbuji Mayi
, whose reserves were calculated at around $lbn.