Late King Kigeli family divided on funeral arrangements

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 20 October 2016 saa 09:09
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Relatives of Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, Rwanda’s last monarch, living in Rwanda and the United States have not yet agreed on where the body of the late will be laid nor where the funeral ceremonies should be arranged from as some propose his burial to be held in Rwanda while others want him buried in the USA.

His relatives living in Rwanda have said that the deceased King Kigeli V should be buried in Rwanda other than in a foreign country where he died. On the other hand, relatives in America where he lived since 1992 when he fled there want the King to be buried in America.

In a statement the Rwanda family members issued, they state that “the
family held a meeting in Kigali on 19th October, 2016 following the latter’s demise and agreed that funeral be held in Rwanda,” reads the statement in part.

The government of Rwanda has reassured support with regard to funeral arrangements when family members pronounce themselves on where the deceased will be laid to rest, according to a statement issued by Rwanda government communications department.

The King Kigeli V family has lauded the Rwanda government willingness to support funeral arrangements of the late King.

“The family of King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa deeply voice appreciation to all Rwandans in general and the government of Rwanda in particular for the pledged support for funeral arrangements,” the family stated in a statement.

King Kigeli V died Saturday night last week in Oakton city of Virginia, USA. He was 80.

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Late King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa