Tombs in Burundi

Prince Rwagasore Tomb

Prince Rwagasore Tomb




Prince Rwagasore Tomb located in Kiriri on the hill of Bujumbura, Prince Louis Rwagasore (10 January 1932 — 13 October 1961) is Burundi’s national and independence hero. He was a Burundi nationalist and prime minister. He was the son of Mwami (King) Mwambutsa IV. He briefly attended university in Belgium, but left to spearhead his country’s anti-colonial movement. He founded a series of African cooperatives to encourage economic independence, but these were quickly banned by Belgium in 1958. That same year, Rwagasore established a nationalist political movement, UPRONA (Union for National Progress). At the first UPRONA Congress (March 1960), he demanded complete independence for Burundi and called on the local population to boycott Belgian stores and refuse to pay taxes. Because of his calls for civil disobedience, he was placed under house arrest. Despite the setbacks, Rwagasore and UPRONA won a clear victory in elections for the colony’s Legislative Assembly in 1961, winning 80 percent of the vote. The next day, he was declared prime minister, with a mandate to prepare the country for independence. Assassination in 1961 Just two weeks later, on October 13, 1961, Rwagasore was assassinated while taking his dinner at the Hotel Tanganyika by a Greek national named Georges Kageorgis, allegedly in the pay of the pro-Belgian Christian Democratic Party (PDC).

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Tombs for King Ntare Rushatsi, King Mwezi and King Mwambutsa are in Budandari of Kabarore town.

King Ntare Rushatsi

Ntare I Kivimira Savuyimba Semunganzashamba Rushatsi Cambarantama was the king of Burundi from 1680 to 1709. He was a legendary descendant of the Ntwero family, and was probably the first king of Burundi.

King Mwami Mwezi

Mwami Mwezi IV Gisabo Bikata-Bijoga (1840 – 1908) was the king of Burundi from 1852 to 1908. He was the son of king Ntare IV Rutaganzwa Rugamba. During his reign, Burundi was colonized by Germany. An agreement in 1890 allowed Mwezi to stay as king but recognize German authority. Mwezi also had to face rebellions from two chiefs named Maconco and Birori, who were recognized by the Germans in 1903. This recognition was withdrawn in 1905, however, and the rebellions were extinguished by 1906

King Mwambutsa

King Mwambutsa IV Bangiricenge (1912 – April 26, 1977), succeeded on the death of his father Mutaga IV Mbikije, 30 November 1915. He was enthroned king of Burundi at Muramvya, December 16, 1915.He was given the title of Mwami, or King. He reigned under the Regency of Queen Ririkumutima, until he came of age. He was invested with full ruling powers, 28 August 1929. Like other Burundian kings, he was an ethnic Ganwa. During the early part of his reign, Burundi was transferred from Germany to Belgium following World War I. He was the king of Burundi when it was granted independence, 1 July 1962, and become an independent constitutional monarchy, which suffered much turmoil including the assassinations of at least three prime ministers. He had to continue switching prime ministers to stay in favor of both Hutus and Tutsis.

In March 1966, he appointed his only surviving son as Regent, and entrusted him with full executive powers. Thereafter lived abroad, mostly in Switzerland. He was deposed by Micombero in favor of his son Ntare V, 8 July 1966. He spent the rest of his life in Switzerland until he died in 1977

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