Kigali has suspended the Miss Rwanda pageant until further notice amid ongoing investigations into allegations of sexual abuse at the pomp.
This follows the recent arrest of an officer in charge of the pomp on alleged sexual exploitation of contestants who have competed in the Miss Rwanda pageant over the years.
The Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) is investigating Dieudone Ishimwe, popularly known as Prince Kid, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Inspiration Backup, which organizes the Miss Rwanda contest.
“Following the ongoing RIB investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Miss Rwanda contestants against the CEO of Rwanda Inspiration Backup, which at various points in the pageant were committed, the Ministry of Youth and Culture informs the public that it has suspended Miss Rwanda elections due to ongoing investigations,” the statement published on May 9, 2022 said n Statement from the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and Culture.
The sex sc Andal that rocked Miss Rwanda came to light after current Miss Rwanda, Nshuti Divine Muheto, recently spoke up and a shared recording of Ishimwe asking for sexual favours.
RIB has also arrested Ms. Elsa Iradukunda, the Miss Rwanda 2017 winner, for allegedly using forged documents to obstruct ongoing investigations.< /p>
Sources say the former beauty queen, who is said to be in a relationship with the embattled pageant boss, manipulated victims who testified against obliging Ishimwe to sign written documents denying that he had ever sexually abused him
In a recent speech at the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) Congress, President Paul Kagame said the cases went beyond sexual abuse of Organisat candidates oren for trafficking girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
He also expressed disgust at the increasing trend in human trafficking in the country, where the majority of victims are being turned into sex slaves in some countries in the Gulf, Naher East and Asia.
“I always see police reports showing people who have been trafficked and are trapped in other countries like China, Oman and other Gulf countries; some seek help. These are Rwandans who end up being used as sex slaves.”
President Kagame urged young women to report misguided men and any sexual abuse to the authorities.