Ntare V of Burundi

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Ntare V
King of Burundi
Reign 8 July 1966 – 28 November 1966
Full name Crown Prince Charles Ndizeye
Born (1947-12-02)2 December 1947
Died 29 April 1972(1972-04-29) (aged 24)
Place of death Gitega, Burundi
Consort to Marie-Theresa Ndizeye
Issue Princess Jacqueline Simbandushe Ndizeye
Princess Jolie Ndizeye
Princess Noelle Ndizeye
Father Mwambutsa IV
Mother Baramparaye

Ntare V of Burundi (born Charles Ndizeye, 2 December 1947 — 29 April 1972) was the last king of Burundi from June to November 1966. Until his accession, he was known as Crown Prince Charles Ndizeye. He deposed his father, Mwambutsa IV in 1966. King Ntare himself was deposed in a military coup led by Michel Micombero in 1966; the King went into exile in West Germany.

Early life[edit]

His mother was Queen Baramparaye (1929—2007); he had one brother (Prince Louis Rwagasore, assassinated 1961 whilst Prime Minister, and two sisters; Princess Rose Paula Iribagiza (born 1934) and Princess Regina Kanyange (died 1987). Ntare V was educated at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland.

He once made a short visit to Denmark because of his great interest in the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.


Ntare V returned to Burundi in April 1972. Soon afterwards the Hutus began an uprising against the government. On April 29, reportedly at the behest of President Micombero, Ntare was executed at the Ibwami royal palace in Gitega, though little information is available on the exact circumstances. The Hutu uprising was quelled by Micombero's forces. About 150,000 people, mostly Hutus, died in the ensuing inter-tribal fighting.


He married Marie-Theresa (1940-1994) the daughter of a chief in 1960. They have three children together Princess Jacqueline Simbandushe Ndizeye (born 1965), Princess Jolie Ndizeye (born 1967), and Princess Noelle Ndizeye (1967-1993). In 2012, one of Ntare V grandson's Prince Israel Kiyogera received The Mwambusta Meritorious Service Medal a royal order created by Mwami Mwambusta IV .

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Ntare V of Burundi
House of Ntwero
Born: 2 December 1947 Died: 29 April 1972
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi
King of Burundi
Succeeded by
Michel Micombero (as President)