People Salvation Movement

October 23

only Anne is granted bail. Article of Rwandan law used by Judges to grant her bail is the same one used to deny it to her mother Adeline. Both Anne and Adeline faced the same charge. Adeline and Diane are transferred to the central maximum security prison. November: After her release, Anne Rwigara, as the head of the family business PTC, starts negotiations with RRA in hope of getting the business reopened. As negotiations are ongoing, RRA publicly announces that it will auction off all properties and assets belonging to the Rwigara family. Family was not informed and learned of it through media. PTC represented by the Rwigara family takes RRA to court over unfounded tax charges. December: appeal for bail by Adeline and Diane is denied. They remain in prison. December 14: at the 30th anniversary celebration of the RPF, the party in power, President Kagame (who is also chairman of the party) gives a speech in which he directly refers to Diane and her presidential candidacy. The president states that she had been used by outside enemy forces and that her imprisonment is deserved.

September 23

Adeline, Diane, and Anne are officially arrested, separately kept in solitary confinement for more than a month, and endure psychological torture. Adeline is charged with discrimination, sectarian practices, and inciting public insurrection. Diane is charged with forgery of signatures and inciting public insurrection. Anne is charged with inciting public insurrection. No tax evasion charge. All charges based on illegally seized private communication with other family members and fabricated documents by authorities.

August 31

During his speech at the swearing-in ceremony of the new cabinet, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame says: “Abo bantu birirwa banyereza imitungo y’abaturage barangiza bagasa n’ababyigambya. N’iyo waba warabaye cyangwa ngo warashatse kuba perezida w’igihugu bikakunanira, ntabwo biguha ubudahangarwa. Ubwo abumva barumva icyo mvuga.” (“There are people who are always stealing the people’s wealth, then seem to brag about it. Even if you have been or have wanted to become president of the country, you are not immune from prosecution. Those who are listening better be hearing me.”). The President was openly and prematurely accusing Diane and her family and ordering the Rwandan courts to prosecute them. September: all other Rwigara family businesses and personal bank accounts are closed and all money is taken. Those businesses include a cosmetic and packaging factory, a flour processing plant, and a real estate company. All banks are instructed to list the accounts with a negative amount of RWF 6 billion (amount equivalent to supposed PTC due tax).

August 29

a troop of 40 to 50 CID officials and Presidential Guards (most dressed in civilian clothes) invade the Rwigara home for many days, handcuff all family members, and take all money, phones, computers, and documents. Mother is injured in the brutal process. Adeline Rwigara and her daughters Diane and Anne are publicly accused by CID of tax evasion and forgery. No supporting legal documentation or formal charge is brought forward. The whole family is kept under house arrest by GP (Presidential Guard). Adeline, Diane, and Anne are subjected to daily interrogation (from 8 am to 2 am) by CID for 3 weeks.

July 13

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) invade Premier Tobacco Co. site, confiscate all office materials, demand payment of 6 billion RWF (more than 7 million USD) in tax penalties, and order closing of factory. No evidence to support those claims is brought forward. Company bank accounts are seized and all of PTC money is transferred to the central bank. RRA and CID place their own guards on PTC site.


Assinapol Rwigara’s daughter, Diane Shima Rwigara, announces her intention to present her candidacy to the August 2017 presidential elections. 2 days after Diane’s announcement, nude photoshopped pictures of her are spread throughout East Africa’s social media. She is not phased out. She follows through with her campaign.


Authorities send the Rwigaras a bill of RWF 150 million (+/-180,000 USD) to pay for hotel destruction. Whereas all other Kigali factories are allowed to relocate, Rwigara’s Premier Tobacco Company Ltd, (PTC, Ltd) a business funded and owned by Assinapol Rwigara since the mid-1980s and one of the top 3 largest tax-payer companies in the country, is refused the right to relocate to the new industrial zone in Nyandungu (SEZ –Special Economic Zone). This abrupt decision takes place after more than 6 years of relocation planning on both the government and PTC side and 5 months away from completion of relocation project. Economic advantages granted to all Rwandan industries are suspended for Rwigara family businesses.