The US government has released a statement assuring Rwandans and the late king’s family that the burial will take place despite escalating tensions between his personal aid and the delegation from Kigali led by Pastor Mpyisi.
In the statement the relatives of King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa Jean Baptist assure Rwandans that the king will be rested in his native home in Mwima Nyaza, the South Province where he was inaugurated by the Rwandans he loved all his life. The dates for paying him last respects and burial will be announced in days ahead.
However, his personal aid and spokesperson Bonniface Benzige insists that no matter decisions are made, he will not let the king be buried in Rwanda.
“We ourselves don’t accept that even if they wish for it. I as his spokesperson must follow his will when he was alive and it must be respected. In the Rwandan culture and government laws I know that the last words of a person are respected,”Benzige said but did not exactly tell whether the King had not wanted to be buried in Rwanda.
He noted that the King could not return to Rwanda alive which could be reason why he would not be buried in his nascent home.
King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa succumbed to hypertension on October 16 in his exile home in Orkton in Virgia in US where had been exiled for 24 years.
His body is rested in the Virginia Funeral Home.