Rwanda – Presidential aspirant and critic of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has been in jail together with his mother and sister since September 22.
Dianne Rwigara who was banned from competing against Kagame in the August presidential elections is accused of forgery and encouraging rebellion during her attempt to run for president.
Rwigara is also accused with avoiding payment of taxes of nearly Rwf5 billion (6$million) together with her sister Anne Rwigara and mother Adeline Rwigara who are also charged of encouraging rebellion and advocating sectarianism.
Their camp appealed not guilty and said their imprisonment and custody are politically motivated.
Around 3,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Rwandan government to free the three who are one of the powerful people in the country.
The petition was created by the civil rights group African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN).
“Demand that Paul Kagame and the Rwandan regime produce Ms. Rwigara and immediately release her, her mother and the other family members,” they said.