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“Official explanation is that you’re OFFICIALLY bored!” first daughter Ange Kagame tweeted on Wednesday afternoon, responding to Filip Reyntjens’ comment on the absence of First Lady Jeannette Kagame at a recent state banquet organised on the occasion of Benin President Patrice Talon’s three-day state visit in Rwanda.

“But, for starters,” she added, “the FL [First Lady] of Benin wasn’t there either”

Official explanation is that you're OFFICIALLY bored! But, for starters, the FL of Benin wasn't there either 🙄🙄 https://t.co/Shv4D3EXlq

— Ange.I. Kagame (@AngeKagame) August 31, 2016

Filip Reyntjens is among the most vocal critics of President Paul Kagame and his government. In 2014, he appeared in a highly protested documentary aired by BBC Two, describing the president as “the most important criminal in office today.”

#Kigali rumours. #JanetKagame's absence at state banquet for Benin President Talon indeed striking. Is there an official explanation?

— Filip Reyntjens (@freyntje) August 31, 2016

In the last few days, members in the opposition based in the diaspora, have been stirring up rumours that the air is not quite smooth in the first family’s household.

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