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The Rwandan Royal family inside Rwanda have revealed that the late King Kigeli V had a secret daughter, and have declared her the rightful heiress.

http://ktpress.rw/2017/01/heir-to-late-king-of-rwanda-revealed-holds-ring-from-father/

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That seems to be rather soap opera-ey.
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This is indeed quite startling news, as throughout his many long years in exile, it's always been assumed that King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa had no children.

The link in the above post states that the daughter's name is Jacqueline Rwivanga, and that she has 5 children. Kigeli's biography on Wikipedia now also has some recently added information about his previously unknown daughter, and also states that she has 5 children.

There's another online article at igihe.com, by Theophile Niyitegeka, dated Jan,21, 2017. It gives some further information about "Jackie", and states that she was born in Uganda in 1975, where Kigeli had at that time been living in exile. She apparently maintained intermittent contact with her father during his exile in America, and evidently took her children to visit him in 2010. (This article states that she has 4 children [ 2 sons & 2 daughters] ). There's a photo of Jackie at her father's recent funeral in Nyanza, Rwanda, sitting in a group with the other members of the Rwandan royal family, so they apparently are acquainted with her.

This all leads to the question, if she actually is a genuine daughter of Mwami Kigeli V (Ndahindurwa), why was she never mentioned until now ?   Perhaps there was some private family reason. Also, the political situation in Rwanda from the time of the mwami's deposition until just a few years ago has been extremely unsettled, and maybe there was an effort to preserve her anonymity. Moreover, there's never been any tradition in Rwanda of a queen-regnant, and perhaps she was never previously considered to be a successor to the throne. All previous Rwandan kings had a male-line descent from their predecessors.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. At the very least, there needs to be a bit more biographical information forthcoming about her, and her relationship to the Rwandan royal family.


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Sadly this debate is mostly academical at this point.
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Sadly it is yet another case of a monarchist movement being fractured over rival claims.
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