Catholic liturgical musician arrested as terrorist in Rwanda | 

Much of the world took note last week of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, with most of the news reports focusing on Rwanda’s stunning improvements made over the past few years – and on how the West failed to stop the slaughter of perhaps a million Rwandans.

What Humanosphere took note of is the rising awareness of the need for a more accurate narrative of modern day Rwanda – as a place making great gains on health and welfare, but at the expense of political and democratic freedoms. Some allege the government of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame even engages in assassinations of political opponents.

Now, Kizito Mihigo, a musician who specializes in Catholic liturgical music has been arrested and charged with terrorism. Some say the arrest is for writing a song that contends some of the atrocities of the 1994 genocide were commited by Kagame’s forces as well (a contention supported by many independent studies and reports). As Rwanda’s New Times reports, Mihigo, a radio journalist and another man have been arrested and charged with subversive activities.

Here’s a video of Kizito performing one of his liturgical songs:

Mihigo and others are accused by the Rwandan police of carrying out grenade attacks and planning terrorist acts. Others, on social media today, suggest Mihigo’s arrest was prompted by the lyrics in his songs – and his faith-based compulsion to work for peace and stability in Rwanda by encouraging all sides to acknowledge wrong-doing.

“I sing peace and forgiveness, I launch a permanent call for reconciliation,” Mihigo says.

  • fanny

    Hi,we are very sad at the arrestation of Kizito Mihigo, a genocide survivor who managed to go over his anger against those who killed his familly, and was teaching forgiveness instead of revenge. yes it is this very song that put the rwanda dictatorship to put him in jail. I don’t know if it is permitted to do so on your website but let me give you the link to the version with english subtitles.Please take the time to read it. the words that the regime doesn’t want to hear are “I am a genocide orphelin but this doesn’ make me forget that other died from violence not called “genocide”All those fellows, I pray for them”. in other words,those killed by the regime when it took over the power in 1994.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcGC3eFuDAc