Rwanda: Police confirm arrest of Rwigara
Police in Rwanda have confirmed the arrest of former presidential aspirant Diane Shima Rwigara, and say Rwigara and two family members were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department for questioning on Monday.
The Rwandan National Police say warrants for Rwigara, as well as Anne and Adeline Rwigara, were applied after they refused to respond to a summons issued three times. Local media said the Rwigara family members were driven away from their home in the Kiyovu neighborhood of Kigali after police broke into the home following repeated efforts to get Rwigara to open the door.
Rwigara faces forgery charges related to allegations about her campaign, police said, while the family is being investigated for tax evasion related to the business of Rwigara’s father, the late Assinapol Rwigara.
A police spokesman said that officers had no choice after all other attempts to have the Rwigaras come in for questioning had failed, according to Kigali Today. That account conflicts with those of other Rwigara family members and associates who say the outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame has been missing since last week.
The humanitarian organization People Salvation Movement, founded by Rwigara in the wake of her quashed campaign, issued an appeal for answers about her whereabouts on Thursday.
Rwigara has said in a Washington Post interview that following the National Electoral Commission’s disputed decision to disqualify her from running for office, her bank accounts were frozen and her family business was closed when authorities “suddenly remembered” an outstanding tax debt of USD$6.7 million.
The elder Rwigara, who had a long history of conflict with Kagame’s ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) party, died under suspicious circumstances in 2015. The family maintains that he was assassinated.
Image: People Salvation Movement