Police grills, escorts Rwigara family back home

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Diane Rwigara, her mother and sister being escorted by police

Rwanda Police‏ says it has released the family of Diane Rwigara who challenged President Paul Kagame in the 2017 general elections.

The Rwigaras were picked by police on Monday after two raids on their house in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

Rwanda police spokesperson, ACP Theos Badege, said they applied the warrant against Adeline Rwigara, Diane Rwigara and Anne Rwigara as stipulated in article 48 of the criminal procedural law.

Adeline Rwigara, Diane Rwigara and Anne Rwigara were taken to CID for questioning, after refusing to respond to three summons as stated by the law, according to police.

“After questioning at CID, Anne Rwigara, Diane Rwigara, and Adeline Rwigara were escorted home by the police.”

On Wednesday, police said as investigations continue, those involved can be called back at CID for further interrogations.

Last week, four journalists were harassed by members of the Republican Guard-responsible for the safety of President Paul Kagame, the first family and other key government officials.

The guards harassed the journalists as they tried to locate and access the residence of the Rwigara family in the Kiyovu neighbourhood in Kigali.

A Twitter session running under the hashtags #FreeRwigara #GreenMonday and #100Tweets2Kagame, gathered storm on Monday pressuring the president to release the family.

Rwigara attempted to run for President of Rwanda but was thwarted by Paul Kagame and his political party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

In her attempt to run for president of Rwanda, she was critical of the leadership of Paul Kagame, however apparently too critical. She was disqualified from running based on dubious charges related to the number of signatures she collected.

Before the elections, Rwigara told the world that she received threats from supporters of Kagame that she will be dealt with once the elections were over.

On August 29, Rwandan security forces raided Rwigara’s home. According to testimony from family members, the security forces snatched Ms. Rwigara along with her mother and other siblings.

They surrounded the house, then entered, searched everything and took computers, telephones, money, documents and other belongings in the house.

During the raid, they injured the arm and back of Diane’s mother.

Rwigara’s father was a onetime ally of Kagame and financial backer of the ruling party. He died in a car crash in 2015, with family members suspecting foul play.

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