National arms of Burundi

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NATIONAL ARMS OF BURUNDI

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Official blazon

Origin/meaning

Burundi became an independent Kingdom in 1962 and adopted arms with a lion's head. On top of the shield the royal karyenda drum was shown as a symbol of the mwami (king), surrounded by two laurelsand four spears. The national motto was Ganza Sabwa, which in Kirundi means "(the mwami) rules and reigns".
These arms are shown below:

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In 1966 Burundi became a republic and the arms were changed to the arms shown above. The lion head remained, but only three spears remained. The new motto 'Unité, Travail, Progrès' means Unity, Labour, Progress.

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The arms on a coin from 1962
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The arms on a coin from 1993

For the colonial arms, see Ruanda-Urundi


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