By The Inspirer
An Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting, chaired by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Paul Kagame, approved a Ministerial Order granting release on parole to 2138 inmates including Kizito Mihigo and Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, upon fulfillment of legal requirements.
The meeting was held on Friday 14th September 2018.
The decision means the reduction in severity of their penalties imposed by law.
“Pursuant to the powers conferred upon him, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Rwanda informed the Cabinet Meeting that he granted mercy to the following persons: – Mr. Kizito Mihigo, who was serving a ten (10) year sentence by the High Court in case N0 RP 0014/14/HC/kig is wholly commuted; – Ms. Ingabire Victoire Umuhoza who was serving a fifteen (15) years sentence by the Supreme Court in case N0 RPA 0255/12/CS is wholly commuted,” the statement on Cabinet decisions read in part.
About Kizito and Ingabire
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza (born 3 October 1968), has been the chairperson of the Unified Democratic Forces (UDF), a coalition of Rwandan exile opposition groups with a large base of active members in Rwanda, Europe, United States of America and in Canada. She was a party candidate for Rwanda’s August 2010 elections, but was ultimately arrested and sentenced to prison. She has been serving a 15-year prison sentence in Kigali Central Prison on charges of terrorism and threatening national security.
Kizito Mihigo (born July 25, 1981) has been a Rwandan singer, songwriter, organist and composer of sacred music. Genocide survivor, peace and reconciliation activist, he studied at the Conservatoire de Paris in France. In 2010 he created the Kizito Mihigo Peace Foundation.
In April 2014, he was arrested and charged with planning to oust the government of Rwanda; and after standing trial in February 2015, he was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment as he was convicted of conspiracy against the government.
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