Family Origins – Many of the Kabirizi family members were originally part of the Zunguruka troop, led by a silverback of the same name. They were habituated in 1994 in Bukima. Following the death of Zunguruka due to old age, his son Ndungutse became leader until he was killed by poachers in 1997. The troop continued its legacy with Buhanga, son of Ndungutse, at the helm. Those responsible for Ndungutse’s killing were arrested and jailed.
Kabirizi Challenges – On the 2nd February 1998, Buhanga was killed in a clash with Kabirizi, after which the troop was briefly led by matriarch Nsekuye. She later died on 1st April 2010.
Kabirizi Prevails – In February 1998, the group came under the leadership of Munyaga, a solitary male with family origins unknown. However, several clashes eventually led to Kabirizi taking all of Munyaga’s females.
Bageni Challenges – Between 1998 and 2012 Kabirizi’s family expanded to 36 members. It was at this peak that the silverback’s dominance was challenged by Bageni, Kabirizi’s son, the former leaving with 20 individuals.
The Kabirizi Family Today – Despite Kabirizi’s troop shrinking dramatically as a result of the feud, the Kabirizi family grew again to 25 members including 6 silverbacks between January 2013 and May 2022, had 11 births and zero death and 2 departures.
The Silverback Kabirizi