King Mutara III Rudahigwa Charles Léon Pierre

History of the King

King Mutara III Rudahigwa Charles Léon Pierre was born in 1911. He was the son of King Yuhi IV Musinga and Nyiramavugo Kankazi Redegonde. He became the King on November 16, 1931 after his father was overthrown on November 13, 1931.

During his rule, King Rudahigwa greatly advocated for the welfare of Rwandans and independence.

He married Nyiramakomali on October 15, 1933 and they separated in 1940. He re-married Rosalie Gicanda on January 18th 1942. There were no children in both marriages. Rosalie Gicanda was murdered on April 22, 1994 during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Contribution to Rwanda

  • He mediated between the Belgian colonialists and the Catholic Church.
  • He highly advocated for the welfare of Rwandans democracy and fighting against injustice through the King’s Court.
  • He worked hard to educate Rwandans through the establishment of the Mutara Fund
  • Rudahigwa later set up the Islamic college in Nyamirambo-a Kigali City Suburb and another school in Kanyanza and offered scholarships to many Rwandans to study in Europe.
  • Under his monarchy, he eliminated all forms of slavery and advocated for unity and reconciliation among Rwandans.
  • King Mutara III Rudahigwa died on July 25, 1959 .


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