CORTEGE: The body of King Kigeli Ndahindurwa V on arrival at Kigali International Airport. Photo/

The body of deceased Rwanda King Ndahindurwa V Kigeli has arrived at Kanombe International Airport amid tight security. The late King will now be buried at his former palace in Nyanza

King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, who ascended the throne in 1959 and was ousted in 1961, died of hypertension on October 16, last year, aged 80, giving rise to a court battle waged by relatives in the US.

The decision to bury the monarch in Rwanda was made by court in Virginia, US, after the King’s relative had a protracted disagreement over whether to lay the remains in the US or return them to Rwanda.

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Subsequently, after two days of hearing from witnesses both sides, the court ruled that King Kigeli’s body be laid to rest in Rwanda.

At the time of his death he had lived in exile in the US for about 24 years.


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