photos of kigali city

Kigali was founded in 1907 under German colonial rule, but did not become the capital until Rwandan independence in 1962. The traditional capital was the seat of the mwami (king) in Nyanza, while the colonial seat of power was in Butare, then known as Astrida. Butare was initially the leading contender to be the capital of the new independent nation, but Kigali was chosen because of its more central location. Since then the city has grown very quickly and is now the major political, economic and cultural centre of Rwanda . Kigali is a province-level city governed by a city council who appoints an executive committee to run the day-to-day operations of the city. The executive committee consists of a mayor and two deputies. The city is split into three administrative districts called sectors: Gasabo, Kicukiro, and Nyarugenge.[3] It contained parts of the former province of Kigali Rural.

Looking up at the Kigali city centre as coming in on the bus

Kigali City a gateway to Rwanda – In2EastAfrica

in the Gasabo District, in the eastern area of Kigali-City

Kigali is a vibrant, clean and organized city