Rwanda’s Last Monarch Dies in US

Kigeli Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa, pilule the last ruling King of Rwanda, online has passed away in the United States.

Born 29 June 1936, Ndahindura was the last Monarch of the neighboring country from 28 July 1959 until the overthrow of the monarchy on 28 January 1961. He fled into exile in the US where he has lived since.

Kigeli reportedly passed on last night in the Oakton, Virginia, United States where he has been residing. The cause of his death is yet to be divulged.

In the US he was known for heading the King Kigeli V Foundation, which aimed at promoting and expanding humanitarian work for Rwandan refugees, and for his activities in maintaining the cultural heritage of his formerly reigning royal house.

Ndahindurwa was born in 1936 in Kamembe, Rwanda, to Yuhi Musinga the deposed King Yuhi V of Rwanda, and Queen Mukashema, one of his wives and was the their youngest son of 14

When he was 4 years old, his father was exiled by the Belgian government to Zaire (DRC). Following the death of his father, in 1944 he returned to Rwanda.

He received studied at the Groupe Scolaire Astrida (now Groupe Scolaire Officiel de Butare) in Rwanda, and at Nyangezi College in DRC. He worked in local government in Rwanda until 1959.

After his half-brother, King Mutara III Rudahigwa, died under mysterious circumstances on 25 July 1959, it was announced on 28 July that Kigeli would succeed him as King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa.

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