German Envoy to Rwanda Recalled Over “Inappropriate Remarks”

Peter Woeste who has been the German Ambassador to Rwanda.

The Ambassador of Germany to Rwanda, Peter Woeste has been recalled from his posting in Kigali, Rwanda’s State Minister for East African affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe confirmed.

Three months back, Rwanda wrote to Germany complaining about Woeste whom they accused of making comments against President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, that were not appropriate.

Rwanda said, it would no longer work with him.

Speaking to one of the regional publications, Rwanda’s state minister for East African Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, confirmed that Woeste had left the country.

“He made inappropriate remarks about Rwanda and about our President. We wrote to Germany showing why we could no longer work with him and they decided to recall him. Our relationship with Germany remains strong,” Nduhungirehe said.

Nduhungirehe however did not reveal Woeste’s said inappropriate comments.

This is not the first time a German envoy leaves Rwanda under unclear circumstances. In 2008, Kigali expelled Germany ambassador to Kigali then, over arrest of Rose Kabuye, a Rwandan official, by Germany.

Kabuye was arrested on an international warrant issued by France in 2006 for her and eight other associates of Kagame.

She was accused of involving in the shooting down of an aeroplane carrying Juvenal Habyarimana, the then Rwandan president, in 1994.

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