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After an intense court battle in the United States, the remains of King Kigeli V of Rwanda have been returned to his country.  His Majesty had died in Virgina back in October, but a dispute erupted between close relatives who wanted his remains to be buried in his homeland, and more distant relatives but life long close associates who stated that the King had asked that he not be buried there as long as the current regime was in power.  The U.S. courts have ruled in favor of his late Majesty's half-sister, and his remains have finally been flown to Kigali.  Ethiopian Airlines had the honor of conveying his remains.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38558920

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4102468/Body-Rwandan-king-repatriated-US-court-battle.html

http://ktpress.rw/2017/01/end-of-era-as-body-of-ex-rwanda-king-arrives-home/

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/body-of-former-rwanda-king-repatriated-for-burial-117011000073_1.html

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2017-01-10/206966/

Some background on the court case and the disputes surrounding it.

http://ktpress.rw/2017/01/court-hears-fight-over-kings-body-between-closest-family-and-distant-relatives/

An heir to the Rwandan throne has been publicly named by the faction that was defeated in the Virginia court case over the remains of the late King.  He will be known as King Yuhi VI.  It is not known if the faction that won the court case will accept this proclamation or put forward a rival candidate.  Yuhi VI is the nephew of both the late King Kigeli V and the previous King Mutara III, and grandson of King Yuhi V.  He lives in London, and is married with two children.

http://royalcentral.co.uk/international/rwandan-kings-successor-named-74767

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The Court Decree granting Princess Speciosa Mukayabojo the right to decide the funeral arrangements for her brother King Kigeli V, and the disposition of his remains.

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Princess Speciosa Mukabayojo (front center) with other women of the Royal House, arriving at the airport in Kigali to receive the remains of her late half-brother King Kigeli V.  Princess Speciosa was recognized as the King's next of kin by the U.S. Courts, and was thus allowed to determine that he should be buried among his ancestors in Rwanda.

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The King's coffin is loaded into a van at the airport in Kigali with virtually no pomp or ceremony.

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The van carrying the King's coffin driving past the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft on which it had just arrived.


In early November, a traditional Latin funeral Mass was held in Virginia which was attended by members of the Royal family of Rwanda and by His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias of Ethiopia and his wife Princess Saba.  Other requiem services were held for the late King as well.  His Majesty was a very devout traditionalist Roman Catholic.

http://king-kigeli.org/royal-news-and-events/item/60-multiple-masses-held-for-his-majesty

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As expected, the Royal Family of Rwanda has now split over the issue of the succession.  The council of the late King Kigeli V had announced, shortly after their court loss over who had the right to decide where he should be buried, that the late king's nephew Prince Emmanuel Bushayija would succeed him as King Yuhi VI.  The royal family inside Rwanda who are currently preparing to bury the King there have denied that there has been an official succession, and that the heir to the Rwandan throne would be decided by the family in consultation with the Rwandan government.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/does-rwanda-have-new-king-pepsi-empire-family-late-kigeli-v-disputes-succession-1600437

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More on the disputed succession, and plans for the King's funeral to be held this coming Sunday.

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2017-01-11/207009/

http://ktpress.rw/2017/01/kigeli-family-rejects-new-fake-king-in-exile/

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Thanks for the preceding information regarding the funeral ceremonies for late Mwami (King) Kigeli V Ndahindurwa. It seems right to bury Kigeli in Rwanda. If he were buried in the U.S.A., he'd soon be forgotten, whereas in Rwanda, his memory can become a symbol for the past, present, and future of the country.

According to online sources, the present president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame (who was a rebel leader during the Rwandan civil war and genocide in 1994) has a familial connection to the Rwandan royal family. Kagame's mother, Asteria Rutagambwa (who passed away in 2015), is said to be the sister of the late Dowager Queen of Rwanda, Rosalie Gicanda. Rosalie Gicanda was the widow of Mwami Mutara III Rudahigwa, the elder half-brother of Kigeli V, who'd preceded him as king. After the overthrow of the Rwandan monarchy in 1961, she'd lived quietly in a modest house, stayed out of politics, and kept a low profile. However, during the genocide in 1994, she and some of her attendants were abducted from their home and slain, under orders of an Rwandan government military officer. The Dowager Queen was aged about 80 at this time. The Dowager Queen's mother, who lived with her, and must have been very aged, was also slain several days later.  The government military officer, who was one of the leaders of the Rwandan regime that carried out the genocide, was sentenced to life imprisonment when he was apprehended years later in Uganda.

There's an old photo of Queen Rosalie Gicanda together with a young Paul Kagame, which can be viewed on the internet by googling 'Paul Kagame and Rosalie Gicanda'.


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The Rwandan genocide was one of the more horrific atrocities carried out in the post-World War II period.  Paul Kagame had been very cool to the idea of the return of the King to Rwanda during his life.  The King had asked to be recognized as a former head of state at a minimum, but President Kagame insisted he return only as a private citizen.  It appears now however that the Royal family in Rwanda have some sort of understanding with Kagame's government.
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Video showing the return of King Kigeli V's remains to Rwanda and being received by Princesses of the Royal House, including his half-sister Princess Speciosa.


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Requiem Mass for His Late Majesty King Kigeli V of Rwanda at the Byzantine Catholic Shrine at Fatima, Portugal.  The late King was a devout traditional Roman Catholic who was patron of several important Catholic Shrines around the world.


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The late King Kigeli was laid to rest today in his native land, in a very low-key ceremony. Members of the Rwandan Royal family, draped in traditional Rwandan royal robes wept over his grey coffin as he was buried in a ceremony led by Catholic Clergy.  The King's crown was placed on his coffin during the outdoor ceremony on the grounds of the former Royal Palace in Nyanza, the former Royal capital of Rwanda.  He was buried next to his half-brother and predecessor King Mutara III.  Around 3000 people attended the burial.

The President of Rwanda sent his Minister of Culture and Sport to represent him as he is on a visit to India.  The low level of the delegation has caused some considerable bitterness on the part of the Rwandan Royal family who had expected higher officials.  It appears that they have taken considerable offense.  

Perhaps this might help to unite the various factions that fought over the burial of the late king.

http://ewn.co.za/2017/01/15/last-king-of-rwanda-buried-at-home-after-years-in-exile

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hundreds-attend-last-rwandan-kings-funeral-163057766.html

http://www.dw.com/en/rwandas-last-monarch-kigeli-v-is-buried-at-home/a-37139773

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The Rwandan genocide was one of the more horrific atrocities carried out in the post-World War II period.  Paul Kagame had been very cool to the idea of the return of the King to Rwanda during his life.  The King had asked to be recognized as a former head of state at a minimum, but President Kagame insisted he return only as a private citizen.  It appears now however that the Royal family in Rwanda have some sort of understanding with Kagame's government.


I stand to be corrected, but I read that it was the Belgians who organized the demise of the Rwandan monarchy because of it's nationalist ideals. The last Rwandan king actively sought independence from Belgium, so the Belgians organized a referendum which voted against the monarchy. I read that the king was a Tutsi/ Watusi, while his queen was a Hutu. The marriage was supposed to bring the two tribes together which had been alienated from each  other by the colonial policies of the Belgians. Perhaps someone can enlighten me on this subject. I read the last king lived in poverty, he was seen standing in line for food stamps in Maryland, United States. I don't know how true this is.
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Some interesting footage of the funeral of the King of Rwanda, Kigeli V.  The video clip includes footage of one of two claimants to the throne, his daughter Jacqueline Rwivanga, who is shown weeping while seated next to the late King's sister, Princess Speciosa.  

http://www.africanews.com/2017/01/16/last-king-of-rwanda-buried-at-home-after-years-in-exile/

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Princess Jacqueline Rwivanga, claimant to the throne of Rwanda

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