Residents of Kinyaga cell, Nkanka sector of Rusizi district have requested for establishment of historical memorials in the area which has the historical bearings of Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts.
Many people versed with Rwandan history remember Kinyaga Kingdom when they hear Rusizi and Nyamasheke district.
A 76 years old Bernard Nshizirungu residing in Kinyaga cell has told IGIHE about the origin of Kinyaga.
“King Rwabugiri went to fight for and redeem his land basing from this place. When he arrived at Nkombo Island he shot a bullet between two mountains. At Kirimbi River he turned and said ‘you are Kinyaga’.This is where the name of Kinyaga came from,” he said.
Veronique Nyiranahari, 65, and her nephews who live in the cell where the lanced bullet of King Rwabugiri disappeared, says that they have never seen the bullet shell other than hearing that it happened in the past.
“My child, old people have been telling us this history from the past but we have not yet seen the bullet shell. We have planted there mango trees in remembrance,” she said.
The elderly and younger generation are requesting for establishment of monuments reflecting the history of the area to enable preservation of history.
The Rusizi district official in charge of culture, Lambert Shema, says that in collaboration with MINISPOC and the National Institute of Rwandan Museums are assessing how to preserve the Kinyaga historical sites..
Kinyaga is located in Rusizi district and extends to a large area of Nyamasheke district. It is not known of the exact time when the king based in the place to recapture his land but records show that Rwabugiri reigned over Rwanda in the 19th century.