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Spinning around Nyanza

Spinning around Nyanza

After visiting Icyuzi cya Nyamagana and Christ the King Parish, I wanted to drop by the Kings’ Palace Museum. Unfortunately, I was running out of time. It was about half an hour before closing time.

Since I didn’t have enough time to tour the museum, I decided to grab some coffee from the cafe set up in the same premises. On my way to the palace, I saw a handful of head-turning buildings, including the Institute of Legal Practice and Development, Nyanza District’s headquarters and Kwigira Museum - Rwesero.

I made it to the coffee shop when the kitchen was already closed but someone was there to fix me a cup of coffee. That’s exactly what I needed before proceeding to Huye. As I waited for my order to be delivered, I looked at the royal residence and revisited the past.

The museum encompasses a replica of a Rwandan king’s traditional court and a colonial-style mansion. The 19th Century king’s court model illustrates the Pre-colonial setup whereas the castle, constructed in 1932, reflects the influence of European architecture.

Unlike his predecessors, King Mutara III Rudahigwa lived in a modern palace. His residence wasn’t the only thing that distinguished him from his father, King Yuhi V Musinga and those who reigned before them. He was also the first Rwandan king to convert into Christianity.

The westernization of Rudahigwa didn’t end there. He had a collection of imported suits in his wardrobe. He drove a car and consulted white medical doctors. In 1959, he died under mysterious circumstances in the hands of his Belgian doctor in present-day Bujumbura.

The author is an adventurer on a tour of all 30 districts and 416 sectors of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on Twitter @GeoExposure.

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