Gitarama

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For the former Province, see Gitarama Province.
Gitarama
Central Gitarama
Central Gitarama
Gitarama is located in Rwanda
Gitarama
Gitarama
Location in Rwanda
Coordinates: 02°04′48″S 29°45′00″E / 2.08000°S 29.75000°E / -2.08000; 29.75000
Country Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda
Province Southern Province
District Muhanga District
City Gitarama City Council
Elevation 5,945 ft (1,812 m)
Population (2004 Estimate)
 • Total 87,613

Gitarama is a city in Rwanda.

Location[edit]

It is located in Muhanga District, in Southern Province. Although part of the Southern Province, Gitarama is geographically located in central Rwanda, approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi), by road, southwest of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda and the largest city in that country.[1] This location lies approximately 85 kilometres (53 mi), north of Kibeho, in Nyaruguru District, the southernmost district in Southern Province.[2] The provincial headquarters at Nyanza in Nyanza District lie about 40 kilometres (25 mi), by road, directly south of Gitarama.[3] The coordinates of Gitarama are:2° 4' 48.00"S, 29° 45' 0.00"E (Latitude:2.0800; Longitude:29.7500). The city sits at an altitude of 5,945 feet (1,812 m), above sea level.[4]

Overview[edit]

Gitarama is the second-largest city in Rwanda, behind Kigali, the capital. Gitarama is the capital and largest metropolitan area in the district of Muhanga. Due to its geographical location, the city serves as the gateway to the west and south of the country. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Gitarama was the seat of the provisional government. The city has many amenities, including the ones listed below:[5]

Administration & Public safety
  • The offices of Muhanga District Administration
  • The offices of Muhanga District Council
  • The offices of Gitarama City Council
  • Gitarama Police Station
  • Gitarama City Jail
  • Muhanga District Prison
  • Muhanga High Court Building
Educational institutions
  • St. Leon Minor Seminary, Kabgayi
  • Kabgayi Major Seminary
  • St. Joseph Primary School
  • St. Joseph Secondary School
  • St. Elizabeth Nurses & Midwives College
  • Kabgayi Technical College
  • Kabgayi Catholic Institute
  • Catholic University of Rwanda
  • Gitarama Adventist Secondary School
  • St. Marie-Reine Secondary School
  • Groupe Scolaire de Nyabikenke
  • College de Karambi
  • College Adventiste de Gitwe
Public Service
  • Kabgayi Hospital
  • Gitarama Regional Stadium
  • Gitarama Bus Station
  • Muhanga Cultural Center
Economy
Religion
  • Kabgayi Minor Basilica
  • St. Andrew's Pastoral Center
  • Muhanga Zion Temple
  • St. Andrew's Church

Population[edit]

The 2002 national census put the city's population at 84,669. In 2004, the population of Gitarama was estimated at 87,613 people.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 02°04′48″S 29°45′00″E / 2.08000°S 29.75000°E / -2.08000; 29.75000