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Mongala Province
Location of Mongala Province
Coordinates: 02°09′N 21°31′E / 2.150°N 21.517°E / 2.150; 21.517Coordinates: 02°09′N 21°31′E / 2.150°N 21.517°E / 2.150; 21.517
Country  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Capital Lisala
 • Governor Bienvenu Essimba[1]
 • Total 58,141 km2 (22,448 sq mi)
Population (2005 est.)
 • Total 1,793,564
 • Density 31/km2 (80/sq mi)
Official language French
National language Lingala

Mongala is one of the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2] Its capital is the town of Lisala.[3]


Mongala is located at the northwest of the country on the Congo River, and borders the districts of Tshopo, Bas-Uele, Nord-Ubangi, Sud-Ubangi, Équateur and Tshuapa. It is divided into three territories:

The province includes the village of Yambuku.


From 1963–1966, Mongala Province was known as Moyen-Congo. However, under Mobutu, the province was reintegrated into Équateur province where it was administered as Mongala District, until 2015. Presidents (later governors) of the Moyen-Congo province were:

  • 6 April 1963 – June 1964 Laurent Eketebi
    • (de facto from 15 September 1962)
  • April 1963 – 30 July 1963 Denis Akundji
    • (president of secessionist province of Bumba)
  • 23 June 1964 – 10 August 1965 Augustin Engwanda
  • 10 August 1965 – 25 April 1966 Denis Sakombi (born 1929, died 1985)


  1. ^ "RDC: liste de nouveaux gouverneurs de province élus". Radio Okapi. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ Central Intelligence Agency (2016). "Democratic Republic of the Congo". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo".
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