Why me? Igisubizo Swaliha now five years must be questioning who may have cursed her because she will spend more years without her parents at home.
Her father, Yassin Ndayisenga and mother are inmates at a maximum prison facility serving sentences after court found them guilty of trading and consuming narcotics.
At the height of heated presidential campaigns in 2017, candidate Paul Kagame attended a rally at Nyamirambo Regional stadium to address supporters of his party, RPF.
A very innocent but excited Igisubizo had also come to the rally with her mother both dressed neatly to throw support behind their candidate, Kagame.
However, as Kagame finished addressing the rally, he walked to his waiting car and his eyes glanced at Igisubizo nearby.
Innocently, Igisubizo walked closer to Kagame’s car and carried her onto his lap.
He was seen talking to her although journalists wouldn’t extend their recorders to capture what the two were talking about.
Some journalists managed to capture the moment on cameras.
Igisubizo was later trailed by a swarm of journalists to speak about this rare experience of meeting the head of state.
She told journalists that if she could have another chance to meet Kagame, she would request him to set free her father who had been in prison since 2016.
As her story caught media attention, President Kagame pardoned Ndayisenga alongside other inmates.
Igisubizo and her mother including other family members were all smiles at Mageragere Prison gate to receive her father.
However, as the English say, what goes around comes around- this time Ndayisenga and his wife are cooling behind the perimeter walls of Mageragere prison.
The couple was found guilty of both selling and consuming cannabis.