Rwanda: Rusagara’s Wife Dies in UK

Christine Mukankanza Rusagara

Jailed Rwandan Brigadier General Frank Rusagara’s wife, dosage Christine Mukankanza Rusagara is dead.

Mukankaza on Thursday succumbed to cancer in Britain.

“The Kanyambo and Byabagamba families announce the untimely passing of Christine Mukankanza Rusagara. At the time of her passing Christine was in London, approved UK,” said family member, David Himbara in social media post.

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“As we say our goodbyes to Christine, we also celebrate her life. Christine lived a full life – a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a comrade to many. She was passionately loved and loved in return with passion.” Himbara said.

Mukankanza was born in 1960 as her family was crossing the border between Rwanda and Uganda. That was the time Rwanda exploded into violence, leading thousands to flee into the neighbouring countries.

Like fellow Rwandan refugees of that period, she grew up in exile in Uganda from the 1960s until the mid-1990s when she returned to Rwanda.

The deceased attended her primary school education at Gashojwa, and secondary school studies at Immaculate Heart Girls’ High School, Nyakibale at Rukungiri and then Nkumba College in Entebbe, Uganda.

Mukankanza met her future husband, Frank Rusagara, at the Ministry of Defence, Uganda, where the two were working.

“There, their love and comradeship blossomed and soon flowered into a lifelong union of the likeminded. They shared a dream of a united and caring homeland that valued its diversity instead of divisionism,” said Himbara.

The duo married in September 1988. Along the way on their joint journey, they brought into this world, five children; Veronica Shandari, Che Rwatambuga, Steve Rusagara, Isabella Barakagwira, and Ezra Kanyambo, dissertation.”


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