In the kingdoms of Rwanda and Burundi, the ritualists (Abiru) knew how to detect in a child, at birth, genes and symbols of royalty. For simplicity, we told to lay the child-king was born with in his right hand the symbols of royalty: a drop of milk (amata) and sorghum seeds (imbuto). These were the signs "obvious" to one that will bring prosperity to the kingdom by the livestock and agriculture, basic economic activities. Upon discovery of these symbols in the baby, his family had to do everything to keep him away from the court and avoid the intrigues of the other contenders for power. Even exile and ensure his military and royal training away from Rwanda. These symbols were only a simple representation of Rwandan power genes. And if the last pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Rwanda, Jean Baptiste Ndahindurwa, Kigeli V (June 25, 1936 - October 16, 2016), had less royal genes predisposing him for power in Rwanda than Paul Kagame (born on October 23, 1957)?
Beyond this simplistic explanation and considering actual cases, there is probably a scientific explanation: genetics.
Why some people, distant descendants of kings, come to power or have the facility to exercise power without necessarily prepared for it?
Do not they have a "special" gene which predisposes them to be attracted to the exercise of power?
A descendant of Richard the Lion Heart, John Lackland, Blanche of Castile and Louis IX, aka St. Louis in South Africa.
We chose the case of the Afrikaner, Francis William Reitz, distant descendant of Blanche of Castile (1188-1252) and King Louis IX Capet alias Saint Louis (born on April 25, 1214 at Poissy and died on August 25, 1270 at Tunis) to illustrate this reflection. After the regency assured by his queen mother Blanche of Castile, born on March 4, 1188 at Palencia, Castilla, died on November 27, 1252 at Melun in France. She was the daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castile (1156-1214) and Eleanor of England, queen of Castilla (1215-1214), herself the daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II (1154-1189). She was the niece of the kings Richard the Lionheart (1157-1199) and John Lackland (1166-1216).
Here the genetic of Reitz Francis William, who was born and lived centuries later in the Orange Free State (now South Africa), which was not a kingdom for the Afrikaner and other European immigrants (Afrikaner, British and others).
Who was Reitz Francis William, the Afrikaner, holder of a quadruple royal embarrassment?
Distant descendant of King Louis IX Capet alias Saint Louis and Blanche of Castile, born on October 5, 1844 at Swellendam in the Cape Colony. He was educated at Cape Town and at London. In 1868, he enrolled at the Cape bar but after a year he tried unsuccessfully to get into diamond exploration in the Griqualand (Cape Colony). He takes his job as a lawyer and in 1872, he was elected in the riding of George.
In 1874, he was appointed President of the Court of Appeal of the Free State of the Orange. On January 4, 1889, he was elected president of the Orange Free State, succeeding the late John Henry Brand (1823-1888). He is similar to President Paul Kruger (1825-1904) of State Transvaal with whom he signed an agreement on economic cooperation in Potchefstroom in March 1889. He also maintains good relations between the Orange Free Republic and the British colonies of the Cape and Natal.
In 1895, he resigned from his duties for health reasons and went to Europe for appropriate treatment. In July 1897, he resumed his legal career in Pretoria, the capital of Transvaal. Six months later, he was appointed judge of the Criminal Court of the Transvaal. In 1898, he was appointed Secretary of State, replacing Willem Johannes Leyds (1859-1940). On October 10, 1899, he announced that communicates the Transvaal Boer War the British representative to the ultimatum. During the Anglo-Boer War, he was with Paul Kruger for the evacuation of Pretoria. On May 31, 1902, he oversaw the signing of the peace treaty of Vereeniging but refused to swear allegiance to the British crown.
He moved to the Netherlands and then to Texas in the United States, before returning to the Netherlands for medical care. In 1904, he returned to South Africa cured. In 1910, he was elected Senator and President of the South African Senate. In 1921, he retired and moved to Gordon's Bay in the Western Cape. He died on March 27, 1934 at Cape Town.
-Reitz Francis William, Outobiografie (Autobiography), Tafelberg, 1978.
-Reitz Francis William, Ein Jahrhundert Voller Unrecht : Ein Ruckblick Auf Die Sudafrikanische Politik Englands (A century full of injustice: A Look Back At The South African policy of England), Nabu Press, 2010.
-Smuts Jan Chritsiaan, Reitz Francis William, A century of wrong: The Boer-British case stated, Ulan Press, 2012.