By Shingi Nyahwa
Every human being is entitled the right to privacy more so all African societies throughout the world value the dignity of women at the uttermost. The past week has seen a frenzy of excitement over the leaked nudes of Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara and this episode cannot go unchallenged. Rwanda as a country has been put into disrepute by this incident, writing from Zimbabwe we knew Rwanda as the light bearer on the African Continent in Political participation of women in the politics and this has a detrimental effect on how the Rwandan political system treats its womenfolk.
A few days after Rwigara announced her presidential bid we saw her nudes being leaked and this must not be seen as just character assassination but as clear pervasion in broad day light done by power hungry old people who don’t have the decency to respect the privacy of a young woman since they are willing to go to great lengths to stay in power. As the elections are drawing close I would urge the Rwandan people not to vote perverts in to office. Whoever is liable for leaking those images is a pervert and does not deserve to be in power hence the people of Rwanda must be very aware of the identities of these perverts.
Diane Rwigara dared to demystify the Rwandan crude politics by exercising her right to run for presidency under the shadow of the almighty Paul Kagame and this is a remarkable feat considering she is just a young lady. Regardless of all these attempts to assassinate her character Diane Rwigara resonates a new generation of young passionate African leaders all over the continent who are demanding the space to take initiative and solve contemporary issues which the likes of Kagame have failed to address in their tenure.
The main reason that she has managed to gain popularity is the simple fact that she is ushering a new dispensation of political leadership in Rwanda which is in touch with the realities of the day like poverty, clean water, hunger and land, these have helped in modeling her perpetually growing popularity and approval rating by the Rwandan people. Rwanda as most African countries is a very conservative society as such the nudes scandal presents a unique opportunity for the people of the country to debate issues like stalking , cyber bulling and victimization of women for who they are.
It is quite unfortunate that most of the time only women are victimized in nude picture scandals but no one talks of the man who took the picture or about who she was with. As much as I am not condoning nudity it is indeed essential that we look in to these issues using an all-round and not seeing the ladies as the criminals. Politics as a game has principles and it is extremely disturbing to note the assault of the character of Diane Rwigara by these female stalking sexual predators , this hullabaloo by the Rwandan government in falling even to condemn the leakers leaves a lot to be desired on their part and can prove them as guilty equally.
The 21st century is all about equality and respect for the dignity of the woman and failure by any political leaders to uphold these values warranties them disqualification to hold any form of public office since they will be a menace if not monsters to society. As a political analyst this fiasco can also work to the advantage of Diane Rwigara if it’s properly managed since she can be able to play the pity card and draw out the sympathy of the Rwandan people as a victim in this scenario.
However biggest and most crucial piece of advice to all those who aspire to be public leaders and most importantly Diane Rwigara is you need to avoid over excitement during your sequestered moments and take images of yourself in compromising situations , in this technological age you never know where they might end and even if you delete the completely they can be recovered quite easily on for the right price , these nudes scandals have led to the demise of the political careers of many prominent politicians globally hence it is important to safe guard yourselves .
- Shingirai Nyahwa is a Zimbabwean social-political analyst and also a Blogger; follow him on Twitter @SNyahwa.