Police in Rwanda raid home of prominent opposition leader

| Updated Aug 30, 2017 at 3:10pm



Police in Rwanda have denied reports that they have arrested a prominent opposition leader, Diane Shima Rwigara, and her mother.

Police spokesperson Theos Badege told newsmen that security officers had conducted a raid at the politician's home in relation to investigations over her involvement in falsifying documents and tax evasion.

Reports say that unknown armed men dressed in civilian clothes spent a night outside her home before storming in today.

They then held Ms. Rwigara and her family at gunpoint, searching the house for hours.

Her family says that they don't know where she and her mother are now.

Ms. Rwigara has been outspoken on women’s rights and was a presidential hopeful in this month's election before she was disqualified on a technicality.

Paul Kagame was re-elected with a landslide.