Popular gospel singer Kizito Mihigo, a genocide survivor who co-wrote the country’s national anthem and spent several years in prison on political charges, reportedly killed himself while in police custody yesterday. Mihigo was arrested last week for attempting to join terror groups and tossed in solitary confinement. Activists are demanding a full investigation — especially since he’s one of many Rwandan dissidents to have died or vanished in recent years.
How did Mihigo fall afoul of the government? He angered President Paul Kagame’s regime with a 2014 tune blaming him for the genocide, a move many believe earned Mihigo a trumped-up conviction of plotting to kill officials.