Popular gospel singer found dead in police cell

Kizito Mihigo, Rwandan popular gospel musician was found dead in a police cell in the capital, Kigali, in what authorities called a suicide.

He was arrested in 2014 and sentenced the following year to 10 years in prison being found guilty of conspiracy to murder Kagame and other top leaders. He was also convicted of complicity to overthrow the government and conspiracy to form alliances with groups to destabilize the country.

Described by many as Rwanda’s biggest cultural icon and a devout Roman Catholic known for songs promoting healing and forgiveness,

Mihigo had been pardoned in 2018, but was rearrested three days ago over violation of the terms of his release by trying to leave the country without permission and attempting to bribe Rwandans who spotted him trying to cross into neighbouring Burundi.

The Rwanda Investigations Bureau tweeted on Thursday that the country’s security organs had handed over Mihigo, saying the charges against him included illegally crossing to Burundi, joining “terrorist” groups and corruption.

Kizito Mihigo was an ethnic Tutsi survivor of the 1994 genocide.

“Investigations have begun to ascertain why he committed suicide,” said the police.

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