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Gitega is located in Burundi
Location in Burundi
Gitega is located in Africae
Gitega (Africae)
Coordinates: 3°26′S 29°54′E / 3.433°S 29.900°E / -3.433; 29.900
Kintra Burundi
ProvinceGitega Province
 • Caipital ceety22 km2 (8 sq mi)
 • Urban
22 km2 (8 sq mi)
 • Metro
27 km2 (10 sq mi)
1504 m (4,934 ft)
 • Caipital ceety135,467
 • Density5454/km2 (14,130/sq mi)

Gitega (umwhile Kitega) is the caipital o Burundi. Locatit in the centre o the kintra, in the Burundian central plateau[2] roughly 62 kilometre (39 mi) southeast o Bujumbura (the umwhile caipital an lairgest ceety), Gitega (the seicont lairgest ceety[3]) wis the seat o the Kinrick o Burundi till its abolition in 1966.[4][note 1] In late Dizember 2018, Burundian preses Pierre Nkurunziza annooncit that he wad follae on a 2007 promise tae return Gitega its umwhile poleetical caipital status,[4] with Bujumbura remaining as economic capital and centre of commerce.[5] A vote in the Pairlament o Burundi made the chynge offeecial on 16 Januar 2019, wi aw branches o govrenment expectit tae muive in ower three year.[6]

  1. Frae 1922 on, Usumbura (nou Bujumbura) actit as a seicont, colonial, admeenistrative an economic caipital o the kintra; it effectively became its anerly poleetical caipital atween the abolition o the monarchy in 1966 an Januar 2019.


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  1. "Institute de statistiques et d'etudes economiques du burundi, (Annuaires Statistiques 2016, p 23)". Archived frae the original on 11 September 2017. Retrieved 15 Februar 2020.
  2. Encyclopedia Britannica. "Gitega (Burundi)". Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Retrieved 22 Januar 2018.
  3. "Biggest Cities In Burundi". 24 December 2018.
  4. a b Agence France-Presse (22 December 2018). "Burundi names Gitega as new capital". The EastAfrican. Nation Media Group. Retrieved 22 Januar 2018.
  5. Nimubona, Désiré (24 December 2018). "Burundi Moves Political Capital From Bujumbura to Gitega". Bloomberg. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 22 Januar 2018.
  6. "Burundi to change its capital city". BBC World News. British Broadcasting Company. 17 Januar 2019. Retrieved 22 Januar 2018. The vote took place on Wednesday and the leader of parliament said the move would take place over three years.