Rwandan gospel singer Kizito Mihigo, who was arrested on February 13, 2020 was found dead on Monday February 17 in his prison cell in Kigali, we learned from Radio France Internationale (RFI). According to a police statement released this morning, it was suicide.
On Friday February 14, the judicial police (Rwanda Investigation Bureau – RIB) confirmed the arrest of the Christian singer for having tried “to cross the border illegally in order to join terrorist forces which fight the country as well as for corruption” she announced on her twitter account. On social networks, misunderstanding rubs shoulders with outrage at the news.
Kizito Mihigo, 39, is a gospel singer, author of liturgical songs, Rwandan organist and composer campaigning for peace and reconciliation.
In April 2014, after having published a critical song immediately banned by the Rwandan authorities, Mihigo is arrested for “threat to the state”
On February 27, 2015, the singer was sentenced by the Kigali High Court to 10 years imprisonment for conspiracy against the government after pleading guilty. He appealed this decision to the Supreme Court but withdrew shortly before the trial on appeal.
On September 14, 2018, the Rwandan Ministry of Justice announced the release of 2140 convicts, including the political opponent Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and the Christian singer Kizito Mihigo, following a presidential pardon granted by General Kagame. Kizito Mihigo is released from prison after four and a half years of incarceration and finds a mixed freedom.