Minister of Youth & Culture
Rosemary Mbabazi, Rwandan Minister of Youth & Culture
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The Rwandan government has suspended the Miss Rwanda beauty pageant following last month’s arrest of its organiser.

It follows investigations of sexual abuse against Dieudonné Ishimwe, the chief executive of Rwanda Inspiration Backup, which organises the contest.

Mr Ishimwe was arrested last month on allegations of sexual abuse of contestants. He has not responded to the accusations.

“The Ministry of Youth and Culture informs the general public that the Miss Rwanda beauty pageant has been suspended pending completion of investigations," Rwanda’s culture ministry said in a statement on Monday.

In Rwanda, rape carries a 15-year maximum prison sentence.

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