Masina, Kinshasa

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Masina

Commune de Masina
Nickname(s): 
Chine Populaire
Masina on a map of Kinshasa communes
Masina on a map of Kinshasa communes
Kinshasa city-province on a map of the DRC
Kinshasa city-province on a map of the DRC
Coordinates: 4°21′47″S 15°23′42″E / 4.36306°S 15.39500°E / -4.36306; 15.39500Coordinates: 4°21′47″S 15°23′42″E / 4.36306°S 15.39500°E / -4.36306; 15.39500[1]
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
City-ProvinceKinshasa
DistrictTshangu
Government
 • MayorErnestine Mujinga Matonga
Area
 • Total69.7 km2 (26.9 sq mi)
Population
 (2004 est.)
 • Total485,167
 • Density7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)

Masina is a municipality (commune) in the Tshangu district of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2]

It is bordered by the Pool Malebo in the north and Boulevard Lumbumba to the south.

Masina shelters within it the Marché de la Liberté "M’Zee Laurent-Désiré Kabila”, one of the largest markets of Kinshasa, which was built under the presidency of Laurent-Désiré Kabila to repay the inhabitants of the district of Tshangu who had resisted the rebels in August 1998.[3]

The area is known by the nickname "Chine Populaire" ("People's China").

Geography[edit]

Masina, together with the communes of Ndjili and Kimbanseke, belong to the district of Tshangu 20 km east of central Kinshasa.[4]

Most of the municipality is occupied by a wetland bordering the Pool Malebo, which explains the low population density relative of the municipality; the urban area, stretching along Boulevard Lumumba, however, reaches population densities comparable to those of other municipalities in the heart of Kinshasa (about 50,000 inhabitants per km²).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Masina, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo". Google Maps. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Géographie de Kinshasa (Geography of Kinshasa)" (in French). Ville de Kinshasa (City of Kinshasa). Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  3. ^ Paul Kabeya Kapo, Jennifer Makengo, Kinshasa : le marché de la Liberté, un bijou qui n’attire pas Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, Afriqu'Échos Magazine, 24 septembre 2004.
  4. ^ Relief Web copy of RDC public works map

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