I wrote this in response to a two-bit piece of slander written by Shyaka Kanuma, a call for my arrest for having freedom of speech. Like most Rwandans I was shocked at the arrest of Kizito Mihigo, as much as the Govt tried to spin it that he is a terrorist, no one believes it, not even the spinners themselves. Much of the criticism will be valid as too many questions arise to hide the fishy smell.
WHY? Why would a survivor who had his family killed work with those who killed his family? For this they say “he was jealous, he wanted money, he wanted fame, he wanted power.” That is hard to believe, it takes a huge leap of faith to believe that. My suspicions were aroused when they said “you have to approach this with an open mind.” Why? So he confessed and in their mind the why doesn’t even apply, he is mad, they say.
WHAT did he confess to? He has confessed to knowing some people, to having whatsapp conversations, even might have spoken against the govt. At no time did he confess to blowing up grenades, even if he did it is ridiculous. If a man confessed to something absurd then it raises more questions, he was held several days beyond the legal requirement, the confession was elicited without legal representation, he was paraded in front of the media like a convict and forced to confess. He is yet to be charged, so he is yet to be convicted, so he is to all intents and purposes innocent until the court concludes the case.
HOW would it be possible for a singer to overthrow the govt, or for a singer to assassinate a president with the toughest security on the continent? Can Kirk Franklin overthrow Obama? How would they overthrow an army that has conquered Congo twice and can do it again if they wished? The 4 people they named cannot be a conspiracy, it takes more than 4 to overthrow a govt. How would a singer store grenades at his house? Why not in a less conspicuous place? It is all too neat to make sense.
WHEN did this happen? Over the Genocide memorial week, when Mihigo had just released a controversial song called Igisobanuro cy’urupfu – the meaning of death. The police stress the charges have nothing to do with the song, but it is hard to explain that just days after the song he was in jail. When is also important in understanding that he had set up his own NGO promoting reconciliation that differed from govt policy, calling for all the dead of Rwanda’s conflicts to be remembered, very touchy indeed....