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Gitega

(gētā`gä), town (1990 pop. 101,827), capital of Gitega prov., central Burundi. It is an administrative, trade, and communications center. Construction materials are manufactured, and there are cinchona plantations in the surrounding region. Gitega is the seat of an agricultural university and the National Museum. Gitega, then known as Kitega, served as the administrative center for Urundi (Burundi) in Belgian-administered Ruanda-UrundiRuanda-Urundi
, former colonial territory, central Africa, now divided between the independent states of Rwanda and Burundi. The original inhabitants of the area were the Twa, a Pygmy people, who around A.D.
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. The city's central location led Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza to propose (2007) moving the national capital there from BujumburaBujumbura
, city (1994 est. pop. 300,000), capital of Burundi and of Bujumbura prov., W Burundi, a port on Lake Tanganyika. Formerly known as Usumbura, it is Burundi's largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic center.
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In each subcounty, two parishes were also selected: Katara and Kitega from Karungu while Kararo and Rutooma were from Kyeizooba Sub County.