Neigh­bours praise new king liv­ing in UK es­tate

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THE NEW king of Rwanda has been de­scribed as a “down-toearth” fa­ther-of-two by neigh­bours on the Greater Manch­ester hous­ing es­tate where he lives.

Em­manuel Bushay­ija, 56, was named as the new monarch af­ter his un­cle King Kigeli V died.

But the roy­als were ex­iled from the coun­try in the 1960s and Mr Bushay­ija now lives in a ter­raced house in Sale.

His next-door neigh­bour Clare Dwan said: “He’s such a nor­mal per­son. He puts the wash­ing out and the bins out. He’s a nor­mal guy and so down to earth. He works nights and lis­tens to reg­gae mu­sic.”

She added: “It’s not ev­ery day you find out you’re liv­ing next door to a king!”

She said he lived with his wife and two chil­dren – a young daugh­ter and son of about 21.

Other neigh­bours de­scribed Mr Bushay­ija as a pri­vate per­son and “nice guy”.

He was said to have gone away since news of his ap­point­ment broke.

Ms Dwan, 35, said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it when I found out, I still don’t think I’ve taken it in.

“It’s all any­one is talk­ing about now, we keep get­ting to­gether to speak about it.

“One of the neigh­bours, who has lived here for years, al­ready knew he was a prince.”

A video of the procla­ma­tion of the new king, which was an­nounced by chan­cel­lor of the king Boni­face Ben­zige, has been posted on­line.

He said “The Rwan­dan Royal Coun­cil of Abiru hereby in­forms all Rwan­dans and friends of Rwanda that in keeping with the an­cient cus­tom, it has ac­claimed that His Royal High­ness Prince Em­manuel Bushay­ija as now the suc­ces­sor of his late majesty.”

HOME: Em­manuel Bushay­ija lives in Sale, near Manch­ester.

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