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Man servant stabs and kills top Rwandan model a month to her wedding

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KIGALI | A top Rwandan model and a budding fashion label icon Alexia Uwera Mupende Tuesday evening died from a stab wound allegedly inflicted on her by a man servant.

Antoine Niyireba, 23, has since gone on the run with Police angry citizens on social media issuing an alert for her immediate arrest and handing over to police.

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Sources say Niyireba stabbed Mupende from her family home in the Kicukiro District of Kigali at around 9pm local time.

The 35-year-old model and fashionista succumbed to the stab wound just a month to her wedding to Allan Kweli. The wedding invitations had already been sent out.

Mupende was the General Manager of Waka Fitness, a popular fitness centre in Kigali.

According to The New Times newspaper, Mupende will be remembered for, among others, showcasing Rwanda’s clothing brands on the international scene.

As part of the Mashirika Performing Arts Group, Mupende entertained audiences across the country and beyond and was part of the entourage that recently travelled to India and Sri Lanka for performances themed around humanity, the paper said.

The Rwandan police was yet to release a statement on the incident but a spokesperson for the Kigali metropolitan confirmed the incident to local media, saying investigations were ongoing.

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