Anne Rwigara, the 41-year-old sister of a lady who previously aimed to challenge Rwandan President Paul Kagame in elections, Diane Rwigara, passed away suddenly on Thursday, 28 December 2023, in the United States. The circumstances surrounding Anne’s death have been described as mysterious, leaving many unanswered questions.
Anne Rwigara was the daughter of the late Assinapol Rwigara, a prominent businessman in Rwanda known for his involvement in the country’s liberation. Her unexpected demise has left family, friends, and supporters in disbelief, especially as her cause of death remains unknown.
According to media reports, Anne had complained of gastrointestinal issues just days before her untimely death. Her mother, Adeline Rwigara, expressed bewilderment, stating that since her daughter was not known to be ill, the circumstances surrounding her death are shrouded in mystery.
The Rwigara family has been no stranger to controversy. Diane Rwigara, Anne’s sister, made headlines in May 2017 when she announced her intention to challenge President Kagame in the presidential race. However, her aspirations were short-lived when the National Electoral Commission alleged that hundreds of signatures supporting her candidacy were falsified, effectively barring her from participating in the election.
Further complicating matters for the Rwigara family, they were informed by the Rwanda Revenue Authority of unpaid taxes amounting to $6.7 million. This revelation led to accusations of tax evasion and election misconduct against Anne and her mother, Adeline Rwigara, resulting in their imprisonment in Rwanda for a year.
The sudden and mysterious death of Anne Rwigara has reignited scrutiny over the family’s troubled history with the Rwandan authorities and raised questions about the circumstances surrounding her passing. Interested persons have taken to commenting on X about this death.
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In a poignant tribute, a February 2022 post on the platform referred to as X commemorated the 2015 death of Anne’s father, Assinapol Rwigara, acknowledging his significant contributions to Rwanda’s liberation struggle. The post read, “To our father, Assinapol #Rwigara, whom we terribly miss. Thank you for your immeasurable contributions to #Rwanda’s liberation struggle. We will forever treasure the extraordinary sacrifices you made for your family and country.” Anne had retweeted that post.
It was in 2015 that Rwandan President secured a referendum that removed term limits to allow him rule up to the year 2034. He has spent 23 years in power already in 2023 and says he hopes to retire into a career in journalism. But, as elections come up in 2024, Kagame revealed that “I would consider running for another 20 years. I have no problem with that. Elections are about people choosing.”