HRW further called on "Rwanda’s international partners" to call for "accountability for Mihigo’s death before and during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to take place in Kigali in June 2020."
Claiming that Mihigo had reported to them he was scared for his life, HRW added, "He had recently told Human Rights Watch that he was being threatened to provide false testimony against political opponents and wanted to flee the country because he feared for his safety."
For Harriet Matthew, a Twitter user, she was "concerned and saddened by the death in custody of Kizito Mihigo."
"We await prompt, independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death by the Rwandan authorities,” added Harriet Matthews.
Audrey Kawire Wabwire Tweeted, "The government of Rwanda should ensure a thorough, independent and transparent investigation into the death in police custody of Kizito Mihigo a well-known singer and activist."
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"How can he kill himself while in jail?" Scottie John asked on YouTube.
Following his death, glowing tributes and tearful eulogies have been expressed from people across the globe.
Mourning the musician, the Twitter page JusticeForKizito said, “If love, peace and reconciliation were a person, it would be #KizitoMihigo."
"The greatest tribute I will pay to yours is to be courageous, forgive more, be prudent and love a little more every day, those were your values!" added JusticeForKizito.
“Let’s remember #KizitoMihigo a great gospel singer from Rwanda who died in prison. May his soul rest in peace,” Honesttalk Tweeted and added in reference to the late Kizito, “He has served the Lord with all his heart. Let us learn to serve the Lord like him. He was killed in #Rwanda-while in police custody. Such a handsome spirit filled man.”
According to David Himbara, “Rwandans will remember Mihigo every day, thanks to the Rwandan Anthem. Farewell Son.”
"We lost a great man of vision and sense of Humanity," Muganzi Derrick posted on Facebook.
“Rest in Peace brother. Our hearts will always remember you!! and the great love you had for the nation,” Muganzi added.
Describing the late musician as a role model who inspired him to study music,
For the Tanzanian FB user Elautely Wilbroad, Mihigo’s death has caused him pain beyond Rwanda's borders.
“I am Tanzanian but also I am in pain," Wilbroad said adding that Mihigo "inspired me to study real music."
"Because of you I’m now a trainer of a certain big choir in Dar es salaam, Tanzania," he said and added "May God rest your soul in peace forever in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit Amen."
"I am a Congolese but I am very upset of your death. My heart is broken down," mourned Kass Anita via YouTube.
In one of his latest productions, Kizito Mihigo sang in honor of Pope Francis, describing the Pontiff as "our model of humility, leading us on the path of holiness."
"Rest well dear kizito! May the merciful father grant you peace that you yearn for in this life. Prayers to your family and friends during this time," Luiise Shiinda from Namibia posted on Kizito's YouTube song in honor of Pope Francis.
"Rest in Peace brother Kizito! Thank you for teaching us peace, love, humanity.. a true man of God. You'll be forever in our hearts," Patrick Mugiso posted.
Magdalene Kahiu of ACI Africa and Jean Bosco Biziyaremye, a Salesian of Don Bosco scholastic, contributed to this story
Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla is ACI Africa’s founding Editor-in-Chief. He was formed in the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), and later incardinated in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan. He has a PhD in Media Studies from Daystar University in Kenya, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Marist College, New York, USA.