Victoire Ingabire and Kizito Mihigo
The Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame this Friday, 14 September approved the early release of 2,140 convicts. Among them are a talented singer Kizito Mihigo and a politician Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the remainder of whose sentences were commuted by Presidential prerogative following their most recent applications for clemency in June this year.
Ingabire was sentenced 15 years in 2013 by the Supreme Court, while Mihigo was sentenced 10 years in 2015 by the High Court.
Article 109 of the Constitution of Rwanda states: “The President of the Republic has the authority to exercise the prerogative of mercy in accordance with the procedures provided for by law and after consultation with the Supreme Court.”