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Mtwara-Mikindani is the name which is formed by two words, which are Mtwara and Mikindani.It has two centers which are Mtwara and Mikindani.Each of them has its own source.The name ”Mtwara” comes from the Makonde word Ntwara meaning they have concurred him/her.Later it was known as the area where they lived those people (Arabs and others) who concurred people and selling them as slaves.
The word Mikindani comes from the word Mikinda meaning the area which has small unmatured coconut trees.
The original inhabitants of this area are Wamakonde,Wayao and Wamakua.75% of the population is Wamakonde,followed by Wayao and Wamakua.But like other regions of Tanzania,there are other people living in this region.
The history of Mtwara-MikindaniMunicipality started in1948; when the colonial government decided to shift the Mtwara port from Mikindani to Mtwara.It has got the status of Municipality in July 2006.Mtwara-Mikindani municipality is among the areas which have many tourists and investment attractions. It is the town which is used as Gateway and Hub of business in the Mtwara Corridor and the neighboring countries of Malawi and Mozambique. This is because of having very deep port, airport, and good road from Dar es Salaam to Mtwara.
The history of Mtwara-Mikindani goes beyond during the slave trade period. Arabs were the first visitors in Mtwara-Mikindani area. They settled in those areas of Mirumba,Ki
sungule,Jangwani,and Madukani.Others settled at Mgao,Shangani,and Sudi.Their main activities were business especially dealing with ivory, and other precious metals. Also they dealt with coconut agriculture whereby slave was used in that production.
Parallel with business activities, they also introduced the Islamic religion for the people who were living in these areas. Most of the Arabs who came in this area were men, so most of them decided to marry the local women from Mikindani and other areas.