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In the eastern part of Bujumbura lies the second largest city of Burundi, Gitega. It is one of the most important cities of Burundi. Gitega, is the capital of the Gitega province and houses the Burundi National Museum, which is one of the major attractions of the country. The government of Burundi has decided to shift its capital to Gitega city. Located in the centre of the country, it can serve the population of Burundi in a better way. Formerly, it was known as " Kitega".

It is also the home of Archdiocese of Gitega (the ecclesiastical province). Gitega, a city in Burundi also features many karyenda (royal drums). Formerly, the "karyendas" used to be the conventional symbol of Burundi and its emperors ( mwami). When any rule was being set for the kingdom, the beatings of the drums alerted the people and then the announcement was made. Gitega city houses several sanctuaries exhibiting various types of "karenydas". Many royal courts or ibwami are situated in the Gitega city.

It is the center for education having a number of primary, vocational and secondary schools. Gitega also has many places of worships for people of different religion.

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