Kagame’s critic charged with insurrection

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Diane Rwigara Photographer: Cyril Ndegeya/AFP via Getty Images

By Paul Mesheme

KIGALI – The former  Rwandan presidential aspirant and prominent critic of President Paul Kagame has been charged in Court with inciting insurrection against the state as well as other offences.

According to AFP, provisional detention was requested for Diane Rwigara, who was blocked from challenging Kagame in August’s presidential election, as well as for her mother Adeline Rwigara and her sister Anne Rwigara.

“The charges include forgery of documents and signature counterfeiting by Diane, sectarian practices by Adeline Rwigara and inciting insurrection for all the three,” a spokesman for the state prosecutor’s office, Faustin Nkusi, was quoted by AFP.

Diane Rwigara has said they were questioned by police almost daily in the first three weeks of last month, before being detained for questioning on September 22.

There was no mention of allegations of tax evasion, which had been raised previously.

Rwigara accuses Kigali government of political persecution because she wanted to stand against President Kagamme.

Rwigara is the daughter of Assinapol Rwigara, an entrepreneur who backed President Kagame in early 1990s to topple the regime of former President Juvenale Habyarimana.

But when he died in a motor accident in 2015, Diane Rwigara claimed that her father had been  assassinated by the regim

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