Diocese of SINGIDA

Area Sq. Kilometres      49,341 sq. km.

Population                      1,348,523

No. Catholics                   170,318

Catechumens                   1,234

Catechists                          433


Historical Notes

The Diocese of Singida, created in March 25, 1972, is part of the savannah plateau of central Tanzania. It is situated between latitude 4╦Ü south to latitude 7╦Ü south. It lies north of the central railway line extending to the Great North road in the East and Wembere Swamp in the West. The Eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley is on both sides of the territory. There are 29 political Regions in Tanzania. There is always a temptation of identifying the diocese with the Region. As for Singida Diocese this is not quite accurate. The Diocese is a little bit larger than the Region. There are 6 political districts in the diocese:  Iramba, Singida Urban, Singida Rural, Ikungi, Mkalama and Manyoni.

Singida Diocese is situated within Singida Region, in northern central Tanzania ÔÇô East Africa. It stands at a distance of 720 km from Dar es Salaam (via Dodoma); 232 km from Dodoma the capital city of Tanzania and 335 km from Arusha.

Since 1972, the Diocese of Singida has endeavored to enhance integral development of society.   Evangelization is complete only when body and soul are cared for.

Tanzania has a total area of 942, 018 sq.km. This diocese is approximately 49,341 sq. km. The population of the diocese is estimated at 1,348,523 with a total of about 170,318 Catholics. The total number of people baptized in the Catholic Church in 2011 was 4,446

The density is clearly typical of the dry savannah and its distribution is fairly uniform. There is however, a somewhat greater population concentration in Singida and Iramba districts as compared to Manyoni. Most people live in villages. However, most people rush to district towns which are the major trade and administrative centres.

The biggest group in the diocese is the Wanyaturu. Other groups include the Wanyiramba, Wanyisanzu, Wagogo, Wataturu, Wasandawi, Wakimbu, Tindiga, Hadzabe, Barbaig, Sukuma and Wairaki. Each ethnic group has its own language. Swahili is widely spoken. Relatively few speak English; about 98% of the people are agriculturalists and pastoralists. Traders, technicians and

administrators form about 2%.  Chief food crops are maize, millet and sorghum, sweet potatoes and cassava. Cash crops are tobacco, groundnuts, sunflower, cotton and some grapes.

Singida (Diocesan Headquarters) is at an altitude of approximately 1500 meters above sea level. Iramba descends to 2,000 ft. The highest wind velocities in the country are recorded in Singida (Kititimo).  Singida Region is part of the semi-arid centre of Tanzania with an average annual rainfall of 600mm. Tradition has it that November to April is the Wet Season however rainfall is erratic, and drought conditions are experienced  almost every  the other year.





The Ordinary is Rt. Rev. Edward Mapunda. He was born on 30th September, 1964 at Mango village, in the Catholic Diocese of Mbinga. He is the first born to his parents Elia Mapunda and Imelda Mapunda.


Bishop Edward Mapunda, got his primary school education in Mango Primary School ÔÇô Mbinga, from 1974 to 1980. He joined catholic youth formation (VIWAWA) in 1983 at Makiungu Parish, in the Catholic Diocese of Singida. As from 1984 to 1987, he was at DungÔÇÖunyi Seminary, where he studied form one to four. He then studied form five and six (1988-1989) at Rubya Seminary, Bukoba Diocese.

Bishop Edward Mapunda did his Philosophical studies at Ntungamo Major Seminary from 1990 to 1992.He there after joined Segerea Senior Seminary (1992-1996), where he studied Theology. He was ordained to the diaconate on 30th November, 1996 and to the priesthood on 23.11.1997, by Rt. Rev. Bernard Mabula.

After his ordination he served as a teacher and formator at DungÔÇÖunyi Seminary from 1997-1998. From 1998 until 2000 he worked as Diocesan Executive Secretary of Catechesis. He did his Bachelor of Arts in Education (2000-2004) in the University of Dar es Salaam. He again worked as a teacher, formator and Vice Rector (2004-2006) at DungÔÇÖunyi Seminary. In 2006 he was appointed to be Diocesan Treasure General, Diocesan Executive Secretary of Health Department and Diocesan Executive Secretary of Education. He worked in the respective offices until 2014, when he went to Ireland for further studies in Theology. On 28th April 2015, while he was going on with his studies in Ireland, he was appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Singida by His Holiness Pope Francis. He was consecrated bishop  5th July 2015 at  Singida Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.




BishopÔÇÖs House

P.O. Box 487, Singida

Mobile:                        +255754588297/782456585

E-mail address:           emapunda2002@yahoo.com

Fax:                 +255(0)262502534


  • Bernard Mabula ÔÇá (25 Mar 1972 Appointed - 19 Apr 1999 Retired)
  • Desiderius M. Rwoma (19 Apr 1999 Appointed - 15 Jan 2013 Appointed, Bishop of Bukoba)
  • Edward Elias Mapunda (28 Apr 2015 Appointed - )


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