Presidency: Kagame Death Rumours “Utter Rubbish”
Rwanda President Paul Kagame is not dead as alleged on social media platforms, a senior government official said Friday morning.
Yolande Makolo, the President’s publicist, described the rumours as “utter rubbish.”
“For some, twitter rumour train is a full time job,” she charged.
Hundreds of residents of Goma, DRC, today stormed the streets in a wild celebration of Kagame’s death rumours.
Some were photographed carrying a coffin on the streets.
The DRC government recently accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebellion, a charge Kigali vehemently denies.
Makolo’s remarks came against the backdrop of finely tuned rumours on Twitter about sensitive developments in the Great Lakes region.
Early this week, a journalist alleged that suspects in the murder of Patrick Karegeya in South Africa had been detained in Mozambique.
South Africa Police would later describe the reports as a “big lie.”
A few days later, another journalist claimed that Rwanda’s head of intelligence services, Karenzi Karake, had been put under house arrest over alleged links with Karegeya.
The journalist later retracted the story with an apology to Karake.
Officials told Chimpreports that the Twitter rumours are aimed at creating a climate of tension in the Great Lakes region.
It also emerged that Kagame was on Friday meeting a delegation of 31 students from Wharton School of the University, U.S at his Village Urugwiro office in Kigali.
Source: Chimpreports.com-Uganda News.