(Xinhua) -- Rwandan police on Friday
said they searched Diane Shimwa Rwigara’s home for alleged
forgery and tax evasion, while denying reports that they
arrested Rwigara and her family members.
35-year-old businesswoman was the only female candidate that has
shown interest in the presidential elections held in August.
She, however, failed to fulfill all the requirements for
being nominated as candidate by Rwanda’s National Electoral
Commission(NEC), though, as she fell short of the required
number of signatures in all districts in the country, according
"She is being accused of alleged forgery and tax evasion
which prompted police to conduct a search at her home on
Tuesday," said Theos Badege, police spokesperson.
The search was part of preliminary investigations into
alleged crimes, her family’s lawyers are cooperating with the
police on the case, Badege told Xinhua in a phone interview.
The police said investigations are ongoing before the case
can be opened to the public.
Badege also termed reports saying her and some of her family
members have been arrested by the police as "fabricated lies and
"Rwigara and her family are safe.
"The police did not arrest any of Rwigara’s family." he
Rwandan media The New Times in July reported the
opposition party Social Party Imberakuri (PS-Imberakuri) said
Rwigara illegally accessed confidential party documents
including the list of its members and used it to accumulate the
required number of signatures for her nomination papers.
About 6.9 million Rwandans cast ballots in the presidential
election held on August 4.
The incumbent president Paul Kagame won 98.79 percent of the