Mani Martin has expressed his disappointment after four members of his Benegihanda band disappeared in France during the band’s tour in Paris. The band had immediately been awarded third position and bronze medals at Francophonie Festival, when it was discovered that they had run away. But Mani Martin, speaking on his return to the country, expressed his disappointment and said he had no news they were planning to run away.
He said, “We had just received our medals and then went to our hotel when we realized they were not there. We tried to call them several times but they never picked their phones. I had no idea they wanted to get away.”
Only Mani Martin and Ras Kayaga came back to the country, while Ntizatureka Didier, Christian Ngirinshuti, Ndengera Fabrice and Munyarugerero Gerard all decided to stay behind. The developments will have far reaching consequences on young artists who will want to represent Rwanda abroad, according to Makuza Laurent from the ministry of sports and culture, who said that it will now be difficult for young people to be allowed to leave the country even if they were on a mission to represent the country in such festivals.