Mupende will be laid to rest Sunday
Written by: Ernest Nyetera and George Kalisa
Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 1:03
Rwandan model icon and actress, Alexia Mupende, will be laid to rest tomorrow, January13, family sources and celebrities in Rwanda's film and fashion industry confirmed today. Hope Azeda, the Director of Mashirika, a local performing arts and media company, has also confirmed burial arrangements to the Light Magazine.
“True, her burial will take place on Sunday at Rusororo at 3pm,” said Azeda in a telephone interview today.
Azeda, Rwanda's famous fashionist added: "Before Mupende’s remains are accorded a decent burial at Rusororo public cemetery there will an official farewell ceremony at her parent’s home at Kamashashi village in Kanombe before proceeding to Rehoboth Church for a requiem".
Antoine Niyireba, 23, a domestic worker is a principal suspect in the murder of Mupende, which occurred on January8, said the Rwandan police.
The befallen model personality was due to tie the knot on February22 according to the invitations that had been released before she met her death in cold blood.
Several local celebrities and the entire showbiz fraternity say Mupende’s untimely death has left a huge gap in the emerging film and fashion industry. Up to date, many still find it hard to believe that she is gone forever.
“My heart doesn’t want to accept that you gone my fellow teammate #RIPAlexiamupende” said Anita Pendo a media personality, emcee and actress.
“A dark night befalls, Soft spoken like rising dawn, endlessly tender as Beautiful as ever soft and calm yet eloquent. A heart whose love is innocent, Never heard you yell why would anyone dare do the heartless? This news can’t sink in-was looking forward to your upcoming wedding. Thanks for gracing our lives with your talent and skills. Rest well beautiful we will miss you dearly,” tweeted Hope Azeda.
Mupende came to the social limelight in 2012 after winning Rwanda Premier Model award. She had participated in various fashion competitions outside Rwanda including Dubai. She took part in Miss Commonwealth/CHOGM competition in neighbouring Uganda in 2007. Rest in peace Mupende.