By Watchdog reporter

Nude photos of Diane Shima Rwigara, could be breaking the internet, but possibly, not her spirit.

The Rwandan presidential candidate on Friday morning was shocked to learn about her private naked photographs were making rounds around the world.

The move to humiliate the woman, who has recently boldly come out to attack President Paul Kagame’s bad governance, is likely to attract criticism from women rights activists.

The 35-year-old tough talking woman is a daughter of the late Assinapol Rwigara. He died in a motor accident in 2015.

It is hardly a week since she announced her presidential ambitions and a photo bomb has fallen on her.
In the conservative Rwandan society, Ms Rwigara is likely to get shunned by moralists, while the youth might warm up to her candidature but for only excitement.

However, analysts ask, “who will take seriously a woman who finds idle time to take nude photos?”

Nudes are not new in Uganda, but no high profile woman has been rudely exposed to this extent. This has been a territory for musicians, socialites and corporate prostitutes.

How Rwigara will respond to this photo bomb will tell a lot about the substance she is made of. For now, an innocent act such as this is a little set back to the fire she had infused into her campaign.

Background

Rwigara’s father was a rich business man who had also fallen out with the Rwandan leader, Kagame, before he met his death in a car accident. That didn’t not stop the family from accusing the establishment and petitioning Kagame to speed up investigations, which have never come to the conclusion.

Word in Kigali says the intelligence agents got Rwigara’s nudes from the phone that belonged to her former boyfriend. However, the former boyfriend and a journalist who covered her father’s death reported harassment from state operatives. He also at one time alleged kidnap.

It is suspected that it was during one of these days that his phone was confiscated and it is believed that is the source of the nudes.

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