Ntare V of Burundi

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

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. Radio Nationale du Burundi (RNB Broadcasting) announced that the king was shot while attempting to escape from the palace where he had been "under arrest". The king's supporters claim he was taken from the Royal Palace and executed by a firing squad before being thrown into a common grave. Mwami N’tare V was 25 years old. 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 Claudette daughter of a chief in 1960. They have two daughters together Princess Jacqueline Ndizeye (born 1965), and Princess Noelle Ndizeye (born 1969). In 2012, Ntare V grandson Prince Israel Kiyogera was awarded the Mwambutsa Meritorious Service Medal. This is the highest Humanitarian award in Burundi.

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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)