Utubindi twa Rubona

MuRukariMu mpera z’ikinyejana cya 16, intambara yo kwagura igihugu yabaye hagati y’u Rwanda n’Ubunyabungo yahitanye umwami w’ u Rwanda Ndahiro II Cyamatare. Amaze gutanga, igihugu cyaguye mu kangaratete gitegekwa n’Ubunyabungo. Muri icyo gihe igikomangoma Ruganzu rwa Ndahiro yabaga i Karagwe muri Tanzaniya kwa nyirasenge aho yari yaragiye kubunda akiri umwana. Abifashijwemo n’abagaragu ba se harimo na Kavuna ka Mushimiye, Ruganzu n’ubwo yari akiri muto yatashye mu Rwanda, atsinda Ubunyabungo yunamura igihugu cyari kimaze imyaka 11 mu kangaratete.
Aza mu Rwanda, Ruganzu n’ingabo ze baraye i Rubona mu Buganza. Bahageze bafite inyota, afata icumu rye arishinga mu butaka ahacukura intango 12 zose zuzura amazi. Muri iki gihe izo ntango (utubindi) zitirirwa Ruganzu, zikibutsa Abanyarwanda ko na kera hahozeho intwari zikunda igihugu, ndetse byaba ngombwa zigatabara kugirango kive mu mage.

MuRukariBy the end of the 16th century, an expansion conflict erupted between Rwanda and Bunyabungo during which the monarch Ndahiro II Cyamatare fought to the bitter end. After his death, the country endured difficulties under Banyabungo’s rule and longed for a monarch of his style. At that time, the Prince Ruganzu – Ndahiro’s son – was at Karagwe in Tanzania where he hunkered down since his very young age (in Rwandan tradition kubunda).
With the support of his father’s loyal servants including Kavuna – the son of Mushimiye – Ruganzu decided to counterattack and stopped the Banyabungo’s domination despite his young age. Under his reign onwards, the country became again prosperous after 11 years of pain.
On his journey to Rwanda, Ruganzu and his men sojourned at Rubona in Buganza region. When they arrived there, they had no drink and were thirsty. Therefore, Ruganzu took his magic spear, poked it into the ground and drilled, one after another, 12 pot-shaped pits which were instantly full of water. Today these structures are one of the shrines to the dead Ruganzu and remind Rwandans that in the past they have been heroes who liked the country and always saved it from turmoil.