Rwandans and foreigners won’t be able to visit the King’s palace in Rukari of Nyanza on 15th January 2017 as it will be closed in honor of late King Kigeli V funerals which will be taking place in Mwima of Nyanza by the tomb of his elder brother King Mutara III Rudahigwa, according to a statement from the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR).
King Kigeli V breathed his last on 16th October 2016 in America where he lived.
Funerals will be held at the palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa before his body is laid in tomb.
The King’s palace is located in Nyanza district, Southern Province 88 kilometers away from Kigali city.
The palace belonged to King Mutara III Rudahigwa and turned into a cultural museum showing historical living conditions of Rwanda’s kings.
The palace is built with traditional materials as it was in 19th century.
King Mutara III Rudahigwa and Queen Rosalie Gicanda were laid to rest on Mwima hill in Nyanza.
The spokesperson of King Kigeli V family, Ezra Mpyisi has announced that Kigeli will too be buried at the same hillock of Mwima where he lived when crowned king on 28th July 1959.
Funerals will be preceded by mass celebration held at the palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa.