Mwezi IV of Burundi

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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 This recognition was withdrawn in 1905, however, and the rebellions were extinguished by 1906.

His daughter Nandabunga achieved some notoriety as chief of Buyenzi-Bweru. At his death he was succeeded by his son Mutaga IV, for whom the queen mother Ririkumutima served as regent.[1]


  1. ^ Ellen K. Eggers (1 January 2006). Historical Dictionary of Burundi. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-5302-7.

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Preceded by
Ntare IV
King of Burundi
Succeeded by
Mutaga IV

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