THE THORN IN PAUL KAGAMES FLESH


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    Written by: Meshack Masibo
    he trial of Rwanda’s leading dissident politician opened with a demand from prosecutors that she be sentenced to 22 years in prison for inciting insurrection and forgery. Diane Rwigara denied the charges, dismissing them as politically motivated after her blocked attempt to challenge the country’s president, Paul Kagame, in last year’s elections.
    The 37-year-old appeared in court in Kigali, the capital, alongside her mother, who faces a similar sentence for alleged insurrection and promoting ethnic hatred. The two women had spent more than a year behind bars before being released on bail last month ahead of their trial.
    But who exactly is Diane Rwigara?
    Bold, stubborn and passionate are some of the words that can be used to describe the iron lady. Diane ShimaRwigira is a pre-genocide Rwanda born and bred Tutsi, a women’s rights activist, accountant and businesswoman. The 35 year old’s father once bankrolled the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) in the 90s. In early May this year, she declared her presidential aspirations, announcing to run against Kagame in the August elections, as the first female independent candidate, two years after the death of her prominent father in a controversial accident.
    She has vowed to fight injustices, encourage freedom of speech, eradicate poverty and implement a number of reforms, including opening up the political space, and revisiting……Subscribe to Readmore………

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