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Rwandese Presidential Candidate Diane Shima Rwigara isn’t Backing Out Despite Leaked Nude Photos

Muna Okey-Nwosu

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When 35-year-old Rwandese businesswoman Diane Shima Rwigara declared her interest to run for the nation’s highest office, it came as a shock to many people.

She is running against the current President, Paul Kagame who’s been in power for 17 years; Frank Habineza of Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, the only registered opposition party to Kagame’s government; and Phillipe Mpayimana, a former journalist and author.

She is also the first female independent presidential candidate since she declared her interest t0 run.

Just a few days after her announcement, nude photos of the presidential candidate surfaced on the internet.

This was visibly a move to humiliate and intimidate the 35-year old woman who has consistently boldly spoken up against the nation’s bad governance.

It’s sad to see that these are the tactics being employed to discourage her from running for president. In 2017 these things shouldn’t be happening as there should be room for a free and fair election.

But in all of this, the fact that Diane hasn’t let these photos break her spirit, and is forging ahead and most especially hasn’t dropped out of the race is very encouraging.

Well, one thing is evident through Diane’s actions, and that is, she is a fighter, and for this reason, deserves to have a free and fair election.

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25 Comments

  1. le coco

    May 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    what will they not do to discredit a woman…. this just means she is doing something right.. that’s why they are scared of her. If she were not a threat they wouldn’t have bothered . RISE!!..

    • Olu

      May 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Donald Trump must have been a woman ….according to your first line.
      Politics is dirty, regardless of gender.

  2. Not Bitter Kola

    May 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Oh yes, don’t back down. Stand solid. Stand strong. If they like they should show pictures of your uterus and intestines. Doesn’t matter. I hope you have a good agenda for the nation and convey it properly, so your people can vote for you. May the best man/woman win.

  3. keke driver

    May 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    “When they go LOW we go HIGH” ….. Dem no reach!!!

  4. OJ

    May 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Gosh!!! its not about been a woman or not, its called dirty politics….or you think if Trump had a sex tape or nude pics they wont have used it against him?? welcome to the world of dirty politics madam, best of luck

    • john

      May 9, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      oj u said it perfectly..everything is sexist to them femtards but they will be the first to bully anyone who doesn’t believe in their evil ideology even thier fellow women..I said it before about this woman ..she is just another black politician ..They are all the same

  5. Aderonke

    May 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Ride on dear…#pepperdem#

  6. GYOnlineng.COM

    May 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    The political media war begins.

  7. john

    May 9, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    oj u said it perfectly..everything is sexist to them femtards but they will be the first to bully anyone who doesn’t believe in their evil ideology even thier fellow women..I said it before about this woman ..she is just another black politician ..They are all the same

  8. Bimbo

    May 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Good one ! Stay focused and continue the struggle. Be an example to women coming behind you.

    • LemmeRant

      May 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      So younger women too should start snapping nude pictures up and down.

  9. LemmeRant

    May 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Don’t mind them. I was expecting this re

  10. LemmeRant

    May 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    One question.

    Is this the same way y’all supported trump when something similar happened during his campaign.

    • anon

      May 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      sexual assault… was what trump did. She as an adult consented to share her pictures which isnt illegal, and those pictures were used against her. don’t be stupid

  11. C

    May 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    She’s brave that man has kept power 17yrs by killing and intimidating a lot of people and their families. This is what we need in Whole of Africa unafraid visionary young people ready to see their countries thrive like they should rather than always being on the bottom end of world currencies and out of world knowledge always being afterthoughts despite having the world’s richest countries in materials, minerals, and resources. Our leaders are shameless power and money hungry eidiot who continue to pull their own land to the bottom of the global economic sphere despite God giving us natural ojoro. I refuse to always have our lands as a f*in afterthought.

  12. Weezy

    May 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Wow. That’s disappointing. I seriously question the judgement of an African presidential candidate who has nude photos out there. Unless she was forced to do it (in which case that is a crime that should be investigated) or she was under 18 at the time the pics were taken (also a crime), this looks really bad and raises all sorts of questions about her wisdom and judgement. This standard should be applied across all genders.

    • claire

      May 10, 2017 at 3:17 am

      What’s the big deal?

  13. Smh

    May 9, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Women STOP taking nudes. STOP trusting men! They’ve proved time and time again they will not hesistate to use them against you. But you guys won’t hear word. Constantly trying to “please your man ” at your own risk and to your own detriment

    • Sunshiney

      May 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you!!! I don’t understand the need for that. Unnecessary and embarrassing

    • Fatima

      May 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

      As in I tire… I can’t for the love of God understand why women across all races keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

  14. Shine

    May 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I hated how ugly the photos came out. I had nothing better to do so I touched them up. Hope someone can apreciate these I think she would.
    Beautiful and Unashamed https://imgur.com/gallery/vXgq7

  15. tunmi

    May 11, 2017 at 3:55 am

    People, stop sharing nudes. It was meant for your eyes and your consumption only. Delete it once that relationship is over.

  16. Biko

    May 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    First of all, the lady is beautiful, courageous, resolute. Whoever leaked the photos is a coward and immoral. If those are her pics, they were not taken in.public. It is normal. All of us have naked moments. So those who loses their minds of this, shut up!
    Diane, remain strong, and focused.

  17. Biko

    May 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    First of all, the lady is beautiful, courageous, resolute. Whoever leaked the photos is a coward and immoral. If those are her pics, they were not taken in.public. It is normal. All of us have naked moments. So those who loses their minds over this, shut up!
    Diane, remain strong, and focused.

  18. Condom Hollota

    June 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    A courageous but dangerous move! I wish her the best of lucks, but advise her to be prudent enough not to fall prey of Rwandan giant called Gagame, a friend and trainee of the notorious Ethiopian dictator and tyrant Meles Zenawi. Viva, sis Rwigara!!!!!!

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