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When Andriamihaja dies, the queen appeals, to replace him, to two brothers of Radama, Ramarosata and Ratsimandresy. But as Ranavalona I is afraid that her brothers-in-law may foment a palace revolution-because, it is said, none of them propose to be her husband- she places at their side Ravoninahitra (Ngahivony) from the Tsimiamboholahy She appreciates very much and to which later she adjoins her brother Ratsimanisa.
During his long reign (thirty-two years), Ranavalona Ire has many “mpitaiza andriana” (those who care for sovereigns), including the commander-in-chief of the royal troops who eventually become prime ministers. Generally they go in pairs, and one of them rises from her rank as husband of the queen, according to the rule which she has established.
Beginning with the Tsimahafotsy Rainijohary and his brother Andrianitambola (Rainimanonga). The latter made very little mention of him, except that he was operated on by nose cancer by Dr. Milher Fontarabie, who had come especially from La Réunion in early October 1856, and whose rise in Antananarivo was used by the Jesuit fathers Jouen And Webber pretending to be his nurses. And when Ratsimanisa dies, the queen calls near her Rainiharo, son of the Tsimiamboholahy Andriantsilavo who helped put Andrianampoinimerina on the throne of Ambohimanga and supported him in his wars of pacification.
Rainijohary and Rainiharo, before managing the affairs of the kingdom as co-prime ministers, are sent to make their military proofs in bara and sakalava countries, with no conclusive results. Rainiharo, for example, is only concerned with state affairs, where, contrary to what some officers say, he is more flexible and strongly attached to the kingdom than his counterpart Rainijohary. The latter, who had become husband of the queen, had, it is said, shown despotism and fanaticism. Some authors call it the “evil genius of the sovereign”, based on the 1857 event.
That year, a plot was made against him, probably by Lambert or by the Menamaso, courtiers of Crown Prince Rakoto. But someone reveals everything to Rainijohary who benefits to compromise all Europeans, including Jean Laborde. It makes them all pass through the test of the tanguin administered on chickens. The birds do not survive, and all are banished, with the exception of Father Webber, whose chicken he spends in recognition of the care that this nursing priest gave to his brother Rainimanonja.
Later, in 1861, he became involved in a conspiracy. When Ranavalona I
Her nephew Ramboasalama, whom she had destined for her succession before the
Birth of his son – wants to reign in the place of his cousin, Crown Prince Rakoto. As Ramboasalama is as fanatical as him, Rainijohary takes sides for him while Rainiharo supports the future Radama II. When the latter ascends the throne, he discovers the plot. But not wanting to defile the beginning of his reign with bloodshed, he only exiled Rainijohary and Ramboasalama.
Seven years later, in 1868, Rainijohary found himself involved in the preparation of another palace revolution. The latter was conceived by a group of conservatives who wanted to elevate Prince Rasata, the grand nephew of Radama I, to the throne to succeed Rasoherina, who was then ill and believed that he was already dead.
They also intend to reinstate as Prime Minister, Raharo or Rainivoninahitriniony, the deposed brother of Rainilaiarivony who became Prime Minister. The latter, fearing, according to certain reports, that Rainijohary did not return to the political scene, exiled him to Tsiatosika, near Mananjary, where he was degraded and a prisoner, and ended his career.