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Coordinates: 3°26′S 29°54′E / 3.433°S 29.900°E / -3.433; 29.900
Country Burundi
ProvinceGitega Province
Area
 • Capital city22 km2 (8 sq mi)
 • Urban
22 km2 (8 sq mi)
 • Metro
27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation
1,504 m (4,934 ft)
Population
 (2020)[1]
 • Capital city135,467
 • Density5,454/km2 (14,130/sq mi)

Gitega is the capital of Burundi.[2] It is also the second-largest city.[3] Gitega is east of Burundi's largest city, Bujumbura. It is also the capital and largest city of Gitega Province.

History

On 29 April 1972, the king Ntare V was killed in Gitega.

In March 2007, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza said that Burundi was going to bring back its capital to Gitega, saying that it is a better location for a capital than Bujumbura.[4]

References

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