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    Thousands of African people and Belgian officials attended the funeral at Nianza July 28 of Charles Mutara Rudahigwa III Mwami (Ruler) of Ruanda - tiny land adjoining the Belgian congo, and a trusteeship of belgium.

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    Thousands of African people and Belgian officials attended the funeral at Nianza July 28 of Charles Mutara Rudahigwa III Mwami (Ruler) of Ruanda - tiny land adjoining the Belgian congo, and a trusteeship of belgium.

    The Mwami (48) who died July 25 of a cerebal haemorrhage, was buried on a hill near his palace in Nianza, capital of Ruanda. Among mourners were the Vice-Governor General of Ruanda-Urundi, J.P. Harroy, representing King Baudouin of the Belgians; Vice Governor General Lafontaine, representing the Governor General of Umugabakasi and Mwamikasi; widow of the Mwami, and the present Ruler of the adjoining Urandi territory, Hwabutsa.

    Young warrior dancers joined the funeral procession as it left the Nianza Mission church for the burial ground, where the Ruler had requested to be laid to rest. After interment, the large crowd of Africans acclaimed the new successor - 24-year-old Baptiste Nshindurwa, who takes the name of Kigeri V.

    The late Mwami died at his doctor's surgery after complaining of sudden pains. He had planned to make a fact-finding tour of Europe in August to discover how his own people could benefit from the European way of life.

    Ruanda forms one of two sections ruled by Watusi kings. The territory, Ruanda-Urundi (land of the Mountain of the Moon), from a single United Nations trust territory administered by Belgium. Home of both pygmies and 7-ft Watusi warriors, volcano-fringed Ruanda and Urundi were originally separate African kingdoms. Twice the size Belgium, it has a population of only 4,500,000.

    Although there have been few signs of hostility towards Europeans, the tiny land is seeking independence like most of the awakening African territories.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADFH1KTOZW2OIKSNUKA1BHCKTD
    Media URN:
    VLVADFH1KTOZW2OIKSNUKA1BHCKTD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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