As Rwanda and the whole world come to terms with the suspicious death of gospel singer Kizito Mihigo, opposition politician Diane Shima Rwigara has mourned him, describing the fallen singer as a national treasure.
Mihigo, a popular Rwandan gospel singer and government critic was found dead in police custody on Monday.
A devout Catholic known for songs promoting healing and forgiveness and the country’s biggest cultural icon, Mihigo was re-arrested last week reportedly trying illegally cross into Burundi.
Rwanda investigations Bureau tweeted on February 13 that the country’s security organs had handed over Mihigo to them, adding Mihigo’s charges included to attempting to illegally cross to Burundi, joining terrorist groups and corruption.
Rwigara who 5 year ago lost her father, businessman Asinapol Rwigara in a reportedly staged accident said the incident was shocking and pain full.
“I have been trying in vain to find the words to describe the shocking, painful, tragic passing of a National Treasure,” Rwigara said in a statement posted on her social media accounts.
Rwigara and her mother, Adeline Rwigara were imprisoned for over a year on charges of forgery and tax invasion, after being barred from running in presidential elections against incumbent Paul Kagame.
The 39 year old Rwigara was barred from standing by the electoral authorities in the 2017 presidential election, which President Paul Kagame won by a landslide, saying she had not submitted enough supporters’ signatures and some of the names she did send in belonged to dead people.
However, she has continued to accuse Kagame of stifling dissent and criticized his Rwandan Patriotic Front’s near total hold on power.