Bujumbura

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Bujumbura
Bujumbura skyline
Bujumbura skyline
Bujumbura is located in Burundi
Bujumbura
Bujumbura
Coordinates: 3°23′S 29°22′E / 3.383°S 29.367°E / -3.383; 29.367Coordinates: 3°23′S 29°22′E / 3.383°S 29.367°E / -3.383; 29.367
Country Burundi
ProvinceBujumbura Mairie Province
Founded1871
Government
 • MayorFreddy Mbonimpa
Area
 • City86.52 km2 (33.41 sq mi)
Elevation
774 m (2,539 ft)
Population
 (2008 census)
 • City497,166
 • Density2,720.6/km2 (7,046/sq mi)
 • Metro
800,000
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (none)
ClimateAw
Websitewww.mairiebujumbura.gov.bi

Bujumbura (/ˌbʊəmˈbʊrə/ or /ˌbʊˈʊmbʊrə/[1]; French pronunciation: ​[byʒœ̃byʁa]), formerly Usumbura, is the former capital,[2] largest city and main port of Burundi. It ships most of the country's chief export, coffee, as well as cotton and tin ore.

History[edit]

Bujumbura grew from a small village after it became a military post in German East Africa in 1889. After World War I it was made the administrative center of the Belgian League of Nations mandate of Ruanda-Urundi. The name was changed from Usumbura to Bujumbura when Burundi became independent in 1962.[3] Since independence, Bujumbura has been the scene of frequent fighting between the country's two main ethnic groups, with Hutu militias opposing the Tutsi-dominated Burundi army. Bujumbura today stands as an undeveloped city but remains to develop with its country.

Geography[edit]

Hills of Bujumbura and Lake Tanganyika.

It is on the north-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world after Lake Baikal.

Administration[edit]

Bujumbura panorama

Bujumbura is governed by a community council and community administrator. It is further divided into 13 communes, or neighborhoods, each with its own council and boss.[4]

Climate[edit]

Bujumbura features a tropical savanna climate (Köppen: Aw)[5] with distinct wet and dry seasons. Its wet season is from October to April, while the dry season covers the remaining five months. Despite being located close to the equator, Bujumbura is not nearly as warm as one might expect, due to its altitude. Average temperatures are constant throughout the course of the year with the high temperature at around 29 °C (84 °F) and the low temperature at around 19 °C (66 °F).

Climate data for Bujumbura (1961–1990, extremes 1950–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 34.6
(94.3)
35.0
(95.0)
34.0
(93.2)
35.0
(95.0)
32.0
(89.6)
32.0
(89.6)
33.0
(91.4)
33.0
(91.4)
33.8
(92.8)
34.3
(93.7)
33.8
(92.8)
34.8
(94.6)
35.0
(95.0)
Average high °C (°F) 29.1
(84.4)
29.7
(85.5)
29.3
(84.7)
29.2
(84.6)
29.9
(85.8)
29.9
(85.8)
29.2
(84.6)
30.0
(86.0)
30.9
(87.6)
30.1
(86.2)
29.1
(84.4)
28.9
(84.0)
29.6
(85.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.8
(74.8)
23.8
(74.8)
23.7
(74.7)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
23.3
(73.9)
22.9
(73.2)
24.0
(75.2)
24.7
(76.5)
24.6
(76.3)
23.4
(74.1)
23.6
(74.5)
23.8
(74.8)
Average low °C (°F) 19.2
(66.6)
19.3
(66.7)
19.3
(66.7)
19.6
(67.3)
19.1
(66.4)
17.6
(63.7)
17.2
(63.0)
17.4
(63.3)
18.6
(65.5)
19.1
(66.4)
19.1
(66.4)
19.1
(66.4)
18.7
(65.7)
Record low °C (°F) 14.0
(57.2)
15.4
(59.7)
14.7
(58.5)
15.1
(59.2)
16.2
(61.2)
13.9
(57.0)
11.8
(53.2)
13.0
(55.4)
14.3
(57.7)
14.0
(57.2)
15.9
(60.6)
15.0
(59.0)
11.8
(53.2)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 100.3
(3.95)
85.7
(3.37)
117.5
(4.63)
111.9
(4.41)
56.6
(2.23)
8.9
(0.35)
2.7
(0.11)
13.4
(0.53)
33.0
(1.30)
59.0
(2.32)
97.1
(3.82)
99.6
(3.92)
785.7
(30.93)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 16 19 18 18 10 2 1 2 8 15 19 19 147
Average relative humidity (%) 77 75 78 79 76 67 63 60 62 68 76 77 72
Mean monthly sunshine hours 167.4 158.2 176.7 165.0 210.8 255.0 272.8 251.1 213.0 189.1 150.0 164.3 2,373.4
Mean daily sunshine hours 5.4 5.6 5.7 5.5 6.8 8.5 8.8 8.1 7.1 6.1 5.0 5.3 6.5
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization[6]
Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst (mean temperatures 1950–1990, humidity 1953–1990, and sun 1951–1990)[7]

Economy[edit]

Downtown Bujumbura.
See also: Economy of Bujumbura (fr)

Central market[edit]

Bujumbura's central market is in the City Centre, along Rwagasore Avenue. During the city's heavy periods of war in 1972 and 1993, as citizens had become less likely to travel far from the City Centre, markets in neighbouring communities lost their business to the central market in Bujumbura. Consequently, vendors moved their business to the central market, many settling outside the market due to lack of space. However, the central market houses the largest variety of merchandise in the city, with stores that sell a wide range of goods.

At dawn of 27 January 2013 a serious fire ravaged Bujumbura's central market.[8] Due to poor emergency response, the fire lasted for hours, resulting in a serious blow to local exchanges. Hundreds of vendors, local and foreign, lost their goods to the fire and the reported looting.[9] While Burundi's emergency services were unable to extinguish the blaze on their own, neighbouring Rwanda sent helicopters to assist in the emergency response.[10]

Politics[edit]

List of mayors of Bujumbura

  • Gérard Kibinakanwa, 1962–1967[11]
  • Thérence Ndikumasabo, 1967–1969
  • Pie Kanyoni, 1969–1975 and 1976–1977
  • Charles Kabunyoma, 1976
  • Juvénal Madirisha, 1977–1979
  • Germain Nkwirikiye, 1979–1981
  • Lucien Sakubu, 1981–1987
  • Léonidas Ndoricimpa, 1987–1991
  • Arthémon Mvuyekure, 1991–1992
  • Anatole Kanyenkiko, 1992–1993
  • Léonce Sinzinkayo, 1993–1994
  • Pie Ntiyankundiye, 1994–2002
  • Pontien Niyongabo, 2002–2005
  • Célestin Sebutama, 2005–2007
  • Elias Buregure, 2007
  • Evrard Giswaswa, circa 2008–2012[12]
  • Saidi Juma, circa 2012[13]
  • Freddy Mbonimpa, circa 2017

Sports[edit]

Bujumbura is the location for the city's multisport Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium. Mainly used for football games, it is the country's largest stadium with 22,000 seats.

The city is also home to multiple Basketball and Tennis courts, as well as a multitude of indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Education[edit]

View of the University's buildings in Bujumbura

The University of Burundi is in Bujumbura, as are Hope Africa University and Université du Lac Tanganyika.

International schools:

Transport[edit]

The Bujumbura International Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city.

Public transport in Bujumbura mainly consists of taxis and mini-buses, locally known as the Hiace. Public transport vehicles are generally white and blue.

The Bujumbura bus station

Bujumbura's taxis are abundant all over the city, and are considered the safest form of transportation. There are taxi-motos (motorcycle taxis) and taxis-vélos (bicycle taxis), although they are only available in certain parts of the city.

For long distance travels, locals prefer to take the many Hiace full-size vans, which travel regularly across Burundi. Bujumbura's main bus terminal is located by the Central Market.

Health[edit]

Bujumbura is also home to many clinics and the province's main hospitals: the Prince Regent Charles Hospital, the Roi Khaled Hospital, and the Military Hospital.

Places of worship[edit]

Among the places of worship, they are predominantly Christian churches and temples (Catholic: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bujumbura, Protestant: Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi and Evangelical Christian: Union of Baptist Churches in Burundi, Assemblies of God).[14] There are also Muslim mosques.

Culture[edit]

Bujumbura's main attractions consist of its many museums, parks and monuments. Museums in the city include the Burundi Museum of Life and the Burundi Geological Museum. Other nearby attractions include the Rusizi National Park, the Livingstone-Stanley Monument at Mugere (where David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley visited 14 days after their first historic meeting at Ujiji in Tanzania), the presidential palace and the source of the southernmost tributary of the Nile, described locally as the source of the Nile.

Bujumbura was also home of the independent weekly radio programme Imagine Burundi, the country's first locally produced English-language programme that focused on stories about life in the region. The show was broadcast from September 2010 to August 2013, and recordings are archived on the show's website at imagineburundi.com.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Top Burundi army officer and his wife gunned down in Bujumbura"". CGTN News. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Burundi names Gitega as new capital". theeastafrican. 22 December 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  3. ^ Roman Adrian Cybriwsky, Capital Cities around the World: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2013, p. 72
  4. ^ L’administration de la Municipalité de Bujumbura, official city website Archived February 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Bujumbura - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  6. ^ "World Weather Information Service - Bujumbura". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Klimatafel von Bujumbura (Usambara) / Burundi" (PDF). Baseline climate means (1961-1990) from stations all over the world (in German). Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Burundi: vaste incendie au marché central de Bujumbura Radio France internationale, 27 janvier 2013
  9. ^ Incendie au marché central de Bujumbura: des Sénégalais dans la désolation Agoravox, 25 Février 2013
  10. ^ Rwandan Helicopters Extinguish Fire in Bujumbura Market "IGIHE", 27 janvier, 2013
  11. ^ "Succession à la tête de la Mairie de Bujumbura". Villedebujumbura.org (in French). Mairie de Bujumbura. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Burundi: le maire de Bujumbura absent à son procès", Rfi.fr (in French), 5 October 2011
  13. ^ "Le sénat approuve 7 gouverneurs", Isanganiro.org (in French), Burundi, 25 October 2012
  14. ^ J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann, ‘‘Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices’’, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p.456
  15. ^ Imagine Burundi "Imagine Burundi", 1 juillet 2012

Bibliography[edit]

See also: Bibliography of the history of Bujumbura

External links[edit]

Media related to Bujumbura at Wikimedia Commons