Pastor Gregory Schoof, an American citizen who was together with his family deported from Rwanda last year has called on U.S President Donald Trump and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to intervene and help him repossess his belongings that he left in Kigali.
On October 7th 2019, Schoof and his family were arrested by Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) and deported to the United States.
They however, never made it to the U.S as they decided to return to Uganda since their Rwandair flight only dropped them in Dubai.
Schoof says he needs his household belongings that are in Kigali but the Rwandan Government officials have stopped him from appointing a representative to help secure them.
“So how do I get my things with no one to represent me? President Kagame, I need my clothes. My children need their school books and they want their toys. My wife wants her pots and pans and kitchen things,” he said.
Schoof called on U.S President Donald, President Museveni and whoever can assist him get his belongings to render him assistance.
“If they can help me, I will be happy. If President Trump could help me, I will be happy. Somehow I need some help. Either President Kagame or Museveni. Please somebody help me get my stuff.,” he said
Asked whether he plans any legal action against Rwanda if Kagame Government turns a deaf ear, he said: “I don’t want to take them to Court. All I want is my things. I entered Rwanda as a businessman. I am a registered investor.”
He accused Rwandan Police of violating his rights and flouting the Rwandan constitution without President Kagame’s knowledge.
“You (Kagame) complain that people criticize Rwanda for human rights violations. Well, maybe you are not aware but the Police are violating People’s rights in Rwanda. Those Police ignored the Constitution of Rwanda. If you want to fix this, then you should fire all the leaders at RIB (Rwanda Investigation Bureau) and may be even arrest them for their abuse of power.”
Schoof insists he did not break any Rwandan law that resulted his deportation.
“I ask you to clear my name. I did nothing wrong. Please investigate and tell me what law I broke,” he said.
Schoof and his family first went to Rwanda in 2003 as missionaries and immediately started “Cornerstone Baptist Church” which continued until 2008.
In 2009, he started a radio station (Amazing Grace Christian Radio) which operated until 2018 before it was shut down.
He says he didn’t involve in the Rwandan politics and has never criticized President Kagame or his political party, Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF).
“I hope you (Kagame) know that I did not get involved in politics in Rwanda. I never criticized you. I never criticized RPF. If you are President for the rest of your life. I don’t care. I came to preach not to do politics,” he added.