Gitega

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Gitega
Gitega.JPG
Gitega is located in Burundi
Gitega
Gitega
Location in the Burundi
Coordinates: 3°26′S 29°54′E / 3.433°S 29.900°E / -3.433; 29.900
Country Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi
Province Gitega Province
Elevation 1,504 m (4,934 ft)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total 22,989
Gitega Mushasha.JPG

Gitega (formerly Kitega) is the second largest city in Burundi[citation needed], lying east of Bujumbura.

Overview[edit]

It is the capital of Gitega Province, one of the 17 provinces of Burundi. It is the home of the Burundi National Museum and the Archdiocese of Gitega. Several karyenda royal drum sanctuaries are located in the area, as well as the ibwami (royal court).

History[edit]

Capital city[edit]

In March 2007, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza announced that Burundi was planning to bring back its capital city to Gitega, saying that it is in a better location for a capital than Bujumbura.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Gitega is served by Gitega Airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". 
  2. ^ "Gitega Soon to Become the Capital of Burundi", AllAfrica.com, 27 March 2007, retrieved 15 February 2010 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 03°26′S 29°54′E / 3.433°S 29.900°E / -3.433; 29.900