Rwanda's parliament is expected to form a parliamentary
commission of inquiry to look into the arrest of the chief of protocol over the
weekend in Germany. The lawmakers said
Thursday that the arrest warrant issued by a French judge that led to the
incarceration of Rose Kabuye in Germany is evidence of France's contempt to
Africans. Rwanda's parliament convened a special session Thursday and summoned
the ministers of justice and foreign affairs to discuss the fate of President
Paul Kagame's chief of protocol. The arrest sparked a diplomatic row between
Kigali and Berlin, although Rwanda maintains it is not severing ties with
Germany. Jean Bosco Gasasira, editor of the Umuvugizi independent newspaper in
Rwanda, tells reporter Peter Clottey that the parliamentarians claim the arrest
violates international protocol.
the Rwanda parliament summoned the minister of foreign affairs and minister of
justice to give more explanation on the arrest of Rose Kabuye. And they (the
ministers) gave the explanation that the act was an abuse of universal
jurisdiction, saying that they (Germany) acted contrary to the Vienna agreement
and violating protocol when Rose Kabuye was on official duty, as well as
holding a diplomatic passport," Gasasira noted.
said the lawmakers were not happy about the flouting of Rwanda's sovereignty.
also showed that the French government giving out the international warrants
did not act with mutual respect for Rwanda by basing the warrants only from
hearing from one side, and not bothering to ask the accused. On a related
event, the parliamentarians asked the rationale behind the recalling of
Rwanda's envoy in Germany and gave the German ambassador 48 hours to leave the
country. And the ministers explained to the parliamentarians that the action
was necessary to convey Kigali's displeasure about the arrest of the chief of
protocol," he said.
said the lawmakers are resolved to forming a commission of inquiry to
investigate the overseas diplomatic row.
lawmakers said they were going to form a commission of parliamentarians, which
is going to be doing some advocacy work and diplomacy on the matter. Meaning
that they would be consulting with other parliamentarians of the European
Union, as well as different African countries, to explain the row to them and
how the indictments are more politically motivated than being that of justice,"
Gasasira pointed out.
said some members of the East African community are condemning the arrest of
Kigali's chief of protocol.
Kagame is now chairman of the East African Community (EAC). He was elected this
year to be the head of the East African Community and the member states of the
East African Community like Uganda and others through their ambassadors have
made a declaration that they are not happy with the diplomatic incident. But
surprisingly so far, Burundi and Kenya are yet to show support to Rwanda. So
according to the foreign minister, they would be asked to take a stand," he
some members of the East African Community are expressing their displeasure
with the arrest of Rose Kabuye over allegations of complicity in the 1994
genocide, in which over 800-thousand Hutus and moderate Tutsis were killed.
Kabuye, who is the director of state protocol in Rwanda, was arrested at
Frankfurt airport on Sunday by German police, who acted on a 2006 international
warrant issued by France for her and eight other Kagame associates. President
Kagame's government describes the arrest of Rose Kabuye as an infringement on