Provinces of Rwanda

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Northern Province, Rwanda Eastern Province, Rwanda Kigali Province, Rwanda Western Province, Rwanda Southern Province, RwandaRwanda Provinces 2006.png
About this image

The Provinces of Rwanda, called intara, are divided into districts (akarere) and municipalities (umujyi). Prior to January 1, 2006, Rwanda was composed of 12 provinces, however, the Rwandan Government decided to establish new provinces in an attempt to address issues that arose from the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

The first goal was to decentralise power. The perception was that Rwanda's centralised governing system had been a contributing factor to the genocide. The new provinces are more multiethnic than the previous twelve which helps to weaken ethnic divisions. Finally, the new provinces do not have the associations that the previous twelve had with events from the genocide.

Until 2002 the provinces were called prefectures (perefegitura).[1]


As of January 1, 2006 the five provinces of Rwanda are:

Province Kinyarwanda name Capital Area
(km2) [2]
(2012 census)
Kigali Umujyi wa Kigali Kigali City 730 1,132,686
Southern Amajyepfo Nyanza 5,963 2,589,975
Western Iburengerazuba Kibuye 5,883 2,471,239
Northern Amajyaruguru Byumba 3,276 1,726,370
Eastern Iburasirazuba Rwamagana 9,458 2,595,703

Former provinces

Prior to 2006 the provinces were:

See also


  1. "Provinces of Rwanda". Statoids. Gwillim Law. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  2. Rwanda at GeoHive

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/14/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.