Rwanda musician Kizito Mihigo dies in prison

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Kizito Mihigo

Troubled Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo has allegedly committed suicide, according to Rwanda Police statement.

Kizito was found dead in police cell at Remera Station on Monday morning.

He was arrested on Friday while attempting to bribe his way out of the country illegally and sneak into Burundi for alleged rebel activities.

Police said investigations are ongoing.

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The singer reportedly spent Sunday with his family members and lawyer. It is not clear what was discussed.

Factfile:

Kizito Mihigo (born 25 July 1981) was a Rwandan gospel singer, songwriter, organist, composer of sacred music, television presenter, genocide survivor, and peace and reconciliation activist.

He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris in France.

In 2010, he created the Kizito Mihigo Peace Foundation.

In April 2014, after releasing a critical song immediately prohibited by Rwandan authorities, Mihigo was arrested and charged with planning to oust the government.

In February 2015, he was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment after being convicted of conspiracy against the government of President Paul Kagame.

On 15 September 2018, with Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Mihigo was released by presidential grace.


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