Welcome to Africanews

Please select your experience

Watch Live



Miss Rwanda organiser arrested for sexual assault

Miss Rwanda organiser arrested for sexual assault
A guard stands in front of one of the gates inside the prison of Kenitra, in the coastal city of the same name, near the Moroccan capital Rabat, on August 31, 2021.   -  
Copyright © africanews
FADEL SENNA/AFP or licensors


The Rwanda Investigation Bureau has arrested the organiser of the Miss Rwanda beauty pageant, Dieudonne Ishimwe for sexual assault allegations.

The famous former musician known as Prince Kid was arrested on Tuesday, the police confirmed in a statement on Wednesday (April 27).

The 36-year-old is suspected of assaulting "former Miss Rwanda contestants" on several occasions, RIB spokesman Thierry Murangira told AFP.

The case will be referred to the prosecutor's office "in due course", he added.

Ishimwe is the head of Rwanda Inspiration Backup, the company that organises the annual Miss Rwanda contest.

His arrest comes after the organisation announced last week that a former Miss Rwanda had resigned as communications director after four years of working together.

The reported arrest has attracted a lot of attention on social media with the hashtag #missrwanda leading the trends on Wednesday morning.

This followed a space held on Twitter on Tuesday were some past contestants shared their experiences working with the organizer of the beauty pageant.

Whiles some appeared to be in shock about the allegations, others said there was no truth in the allegation.

View more