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Title:The Role of Kasenga (Eastern Shaba) in the Development of Mweru-Luapula Fishery
Author:Musambachime, Mwelwa C.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
inland fisheries
small towns
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/525473
Abstract:This paper examines the role of Kasenga, a small-sized town in eastern Shaba located on the western bank of the lower Luapula River, which forms the boundary between Zaire and Zambia, in the development of Mweru-Luapula fishery, and the functions of Kasenga as a link between the region's urban towns and rural areas. Founded in 1902 by the CSK (Comité spécial du Katanga), Kasenga's growth is directly related to the fishing industry. From modest beginnings, the industry developed into a viable economic activity supplying salted and smoked, dried and fresh fish to the mining towns. The European traders who participated in the transportation of fish from the fishery to the urban markets opened shops at Kasenga. Gradually Kasenga became a commercial centre as well as a distribution centre providing a wide range of services to the hinterland. Bibliogr.