By MWENDE KASUJJA and also also also AGENCIES
The woman whose nude photos were leaked after she announced her intentions to challenge President Paul Kagame in Rwanda’s presidential election has gone missing.
Prior to her ‘disappearance’, Diane Rwigara had been arrested during a raid at her home on Tuesday night.
This particular even as police dispelled the arrest claims with Police spokesman Theos Badege on Wednesday telling The EastAfrican of which the officers were investigating alleged forgery and also also also tax evasion which prompted them to conduct a search at the family’s home inside the upscale suburb of Kiyovu in Kigali.
A relative said police arrested Ms Rwigara, her mother, a sister and also also also two brothers and also also also their phones have been off.
“I have not been able to reach any of them on phone… even on WhatsApp… I saw they had all been offline at the same time,” the family source told The EastAfrican on Thursday.
Ms Rwigara shot to limelight in May when she announced her intentions to run against President Kagame, only for her nude photos to be leaked and also also also widely shared on social media days later.
Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission would certainly later disqualify her and also also also two different candidates on technical grounds.
Ms Rwigara has been a fierce critic of President Kagame, often accusing his government for clamping down on freedoms of expression, media and also also also political space.
The Rwigara family has also been subjected to a probe over suspected tax evasion in its real estate and also also also tobacco manufacturing businesses.
If found culpable, Ms Rwigara could face more than several years behind bars for the alleged crimes.
According to Rwanda’s penal code, forgery attracts several to seven years in jail and also also also a fine of Rwf3 million.
Similarly, tax evasion attracts imprisonment of six months to two years and also also also a fine equal to the evaded levies.
Source – Nairobi News
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After nude photos exposition, Kagame’s fierce critic right now goes ‘missing’