The government of Rwanda has expressed sadness over the death of Kigeli V Ndahindurwa who passed away last Sunday and 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.
“It is with sadness that the Government of Rwanda has learned of the passing of Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, the former King of Rwanda,” reads a statement issued by Rwanda government.
“The former king was deported to Tanganyika by the Belgian colonial government on 2 October 1961. He later lived in Uganda, then Kenya, before settling in 1992 in the United States, where he passed away on 16 October 2016. The Government of Rwanda has not yet been informed by the family of (regarding) the final resting place and funeral arrangements. When they make their preferences known, the Government stands ready to provide any necessary support,” adds the statement.
Kigeli V who was the last king of Rwanda died early Sunday, according to his official website. He was 80.
Born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa in Kamembe, the monarch went into exile in 1960 after clashing with the Belgian colonial power.
In 1961, the monarchy was abolished.
Kigeli V lived in exile in several African countries before settling in the suburbs of Washington, DC, in 1992.
While in the United States, he led the King Kigeli V Foundation to aid Rwandan refugees.
For decades, Kigali V spoke of returning to his homeland as monarch.