Kigeli V Ndahindurwa was the ruling King of Rwanda from 25 Jul 1959 until 28 Jan 1961. He was born in Kamembe, Rwanda. His Christian name is Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa. He received his education at the Groupe Scolaire Astrida in Rwanda, and at Nyangezi College in the modern-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. The “king”, who lives in Washington, has voiced his wish to return home after 40 years in exile,not as a mere symbolic King but as a ruler in the country.
Kigeli Ndahindurwa was the last of a line of absolutist monarchs who unified and ruled the kingdom of Rwanda until self-rule from Belgium loomed in the late 1950s. The royal family was from the Tutsi minority – but the Belgians favoured the Hutu majority and in 1959, while King Kigeli was abroad, they organised a coup. Tens of thousands of King Kigeli’s supporters, including the entire royal family, fled the country. Rwanda was declared a republic under a Hutu president, and thousands of Tutsis were massacred. Three more decades of instability culminated in civil war and the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The war was won by a Tutsi rebel group, whose leader Paul Kagame is now president.
We are happy and proud to introduce His Majesty King Kigeli V of Rwanda.
He is a descandant of GIHANGA who ruled one of the oldest and the most centralized kingdoms in the history of Central and East Africa that existed in 10th century. His Majesty King Kigeli V ruled from 25 Jul 1959 until 28 Jan 1961 and was exiled due to foreign political reasons. Currently,he resides in Washington.
Since his exile in 1961, King Kigeli V has maintained his family status as King of the Rwandan people. Whole-heartedly, he desired to return to his home country for more than 52 years. The United Nations Resolutions number 1580 and 1579 of December 20th,1960 also envisaged his return to his homeland of Rwanda but ever since, nothing was achieved yet.