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Gitega is located in Burundi
Location in the Burundi
Coordinates: 3°26′S 29°54′E
Country Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi
Province Gitega Province
Elevation 4,934 ft (1,504 m)
Population (2005)
 • Total 46,900

Gitega (formerly Kitega) is the second largest city in Burundi, lying east of Bujumbura. It is the capital of Gitega Province, one of the 17 provinces of Burundi. It is the home of the Burundi National Museum and the Archdiocese of Gitega. Several karyenda royal drum sanctuaries are located in the area, as well as the ibwami ( royal court).

Capital city

In March 2007, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza announced that Burundi is planning to bring back its capital city to Gitega, saying that it is in a better location for a capital than Bujumbura.

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