The government of Rwanda has halted the organization of the national event to select Miss Rwanda following several allegations of misconduct and abuse towards the contestants.

The country's Minister of Youths and Culture Rose Mary Mbabazi said that the Rwanda Inspiration Backup which is the official body that organizes this event has been barred from going ahead with the preparations.

She further revealed that her ministry in conjunction with the Rwanda Culture Heritage Academy will consider looking for a new organizer for the events.

The suspension comes at a time when Dieudonne Ishimwe, who is the Chief Executive of Rwanda Inspiration Backup is undergoing investigations over the sexual abuse of several contestants.

Ishimwe was arrested last month by the police and is now facing charges in court.

The 36-year-old is facing charges that he allegedly committed offences against former contestants of Miss Rwanda at various times, RIB spokesman Thierry Murangira told AFP at the time of his arrest.

He is facing three
charges including rape, soliciting sexual favors as well as sexual harassment.

His arrest came on the heels of an announcement that a former Miss Rwanda had resigned as communications director after four years with the company.

Miss Rwanda debuted in the global Miss World competition in 2016, according to its website.

It bills itself as the East African country's leading beauty pageant 



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