Kigali, Rwanda – Presidential ambitions of Diane Shima Rwigara, who declared a few days ago that she will challenge Paul Kagame in August’s elections has been hit by nude images circulating on social media.
Diane Shima Rwigara , a daughter of a late Rwandan business Tycoon Assinapol Rwigara, who was killed on February 4, 2015 in what Rwanda National Police said was an accident said last week that she was ready to enter a presidential race and challenge President Paul Kagame in elections.
A few days from her declaration, social media has seen awash of nude images of Diane Shima Rwigara laying in a sofa set chair barely naked.
The source of these nude images is still unknown but President Kagame’s critics say the images were leaked to character assassinated her politically.
Her father, Assinapol Rwigara, was killed in 2015 in a road accident which the family insisted it was a planned assassination,
In the same year the family of fallen Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara petitioned President Paul Kagame to make investigations into his death but has since then, police has maintained it was a road accident.
While addressing a press conference in Rwanda’s capital Kigali on Wednesday, 35-year-old Ms. Rwigara said she was not so much interested in talking about her father but admitted that her father’s death is the major cause of joining the race.
She is quoted by the press saying that “I am not here to talk about my father but we all know here… people get disappeared or… killed,” she said, citing reports from human rights organizations.
Human Rights Watch said in 2014, that there was a wave of disappearances in Rwanda but Rwandan authorities denied the allegations.
Diane Shima Rwigara, major agenda on the manifesto is to tackle poverty, injustice and security problems.
Rwigara is the fourth candidate to enter the race, joining independent Philippe Mpayimana, Democratic Green party head Frank Habineza and the incumbent Kagame.
The National Electoral Commission of Rwanda will receive nominations from candidates vying for presidency from June 12 to 23.
But before candidates like Diane Shima Rwigara get nominated, they will have to gather at least 600 signatures from 30 districts — a minimum of 12 signatures and at least an address in each district.
Rwanda has been praised for its stability and maintaining economic progress but criticized for a lack of political freedoms.
A constitutional amendment was passed last year to allow President Kagame to stand for another seven-year term.
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