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This bracelet was named after King MUTARA III RUDAHIGWA 

King Rudahigwa was born in 1911, and passed away in 1959.

In his lifetime, he led by example by placing great importance to the welfare of the people of Rwanda.

For instance, during the infamous famine called Ruzagayura – or Matemane as some name it – which struck Rwanda from 1942 to 1944, the King committed himself to save the lives of his people.

That time, he gave his numerous cows, and took others from the Chiefs as a contribution to feed the hungry [people].

Moreover, in 1954, King Rudahigwa abolished serfdom, a state of subjection to an owner or master or Ubuhake in Kinyarwanda; and in 1956, he ended forced labor called “Akazi.”

That showed the love he had towards Rwandans as he blocked the channels through which ‘greedy’ leaders were exploiting them.

In partnership with the then National High Council (equivalent to today’s parliament), King Rudahigwa requested that the ethnically divisive words Umuhutu, Umututsi, Umutwa be removed from the national identity card.

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