The indictment this week of popular musician, Kizito Mihigo, and four others, seems to have elucidated all kinds sentiments; from the outright dismissal of the charges against him, to expressions of shock and dismay.
The youthful Genocide survivor had touched many with his moving songs on resilience, reconciliation and moving on. Therefore, his arrest and subsequent confession on major media outlets sent a huge shock wave that reverberated both in Rwanda and the Diaspora.
What followed and is now trending on the social and mainstream media are opinionated statements. The bevy of “opposition” groups in exile was quick to jump on the bandwagon, dismissing Kizito’s confession as suspicious and stage-managed.
The four suspects did not show any sign of speaking under duress; in fact, the musician seemed short for time, and promised to divulge more when time permits. That will probably be in court.
But was this young man a victim of his gullibility that led him astray or did he put his social standing at the service of those who wish ill this country and have publicly threatened its leadership?
Yet the most intriguing question that might find some answers when the trial opens is; who was pulling the strings?
Kizito’s enigma cannot be dissected in the court of public opinion, either by those stuck in a cocoon of denial or those crying in frustration for the supposed betrayal. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but let justice be the final arbitrator.