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Kivu was the name for a large "Region" in the Democratic Republic of Congo under the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko that bordered Lake Kivu. It included three "Sub-Regions" ("Sous-Regions" in French): Nord-Kivu, Sud-Kivu and Maniema, corresponding to the three current provinces created in 1988. The capital of the Kivu Region was in Bukavu, and the capitals of the three Sub-Regions were in Goma, Uvira and Kindu.

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The name "Kivu" dates from at least 1914, when the colonial government divided Congo into 22 districts. In 1935, the districts were grouped into 6 provinces, each named after its capital. Costermansville Province (which had the same composition as the later "Kivu Region") was renamed "Kivu Province" in 1947.

Coordinates: 2°30′S 28°00′Ees:Kivu fr:Kivu


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