Popular Rwandan gospel musician Kizito Mihigo who was arrested Friday last week has been found dead in a Rwandan jail.
According to Rwandan police, the deceased is suspected to have committed suicide.
Mihigo 38, a big critic of Rwandan president Paul Kagame’s regime was arrested on Friday apparently while trying to flee to Burundi through a porous border.
Rwandan police described the act as an attempt to join rebel groups. His death under unclear circumstances just two days after his arrest has left the whole region in shock.
In 2015, Mihigo was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of conspiring to assassinate Kagame and other senior government officials. Kagame pardoned him three years later.
A survivor of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Kizito Mihigo was well-known for singing the national anthem at official ceremonies, including some attended by President Paul Kagame.