Ruangwa District Council was established in 1995 during the second term of President Ally Hassani Mwinyi, officially inaugurated in 1999 during the third term of the presidency of Benjamin Mkapa.
Ruangwa District is one of the districts within the Lindi region. It is 150 kilometers from Lindi region, 90 villages cut 22 and has 150 suburbs.
According to the 2002 Population and Housing Census, Ruangwa District had a population of 131,180 lakhs, including 63265 men and 67815 women
Ruangwa is one of the five districts of the Lindi Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the north by the Liwale District, to the south by the Nachingwea District and to the west by the Morogoro Region.
According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Ruangwa District was 1,204,516
The region boasts an abundance of minerals and a huge agricultural potential. Being in the Ruvuma basin it has large deposits of graphite and uranium, among other commercially demanded minerals. With the discovery of minerals, the area has seen an influx of people working in the sector. This has put a pressure on existing social amenities such as hotels, guest houses and lodges. The road network is still poor as tarmac is less than 5 kilometers. The prime minister being the member of parliament for the area, rapid developments are expected as works on the road linking Ruangwa to Masasi are being constructed to tarmac level.
The Ruangwa District Council is administratively divided into 21 wards:
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