Germany Ambassador Leaves Rwanda

The Germany Ambassador to Rwanda, Dr. Peter Woeste, has left the Central African country, Chimp Corps report.

Germany media reports indicate that Woeste recently sent a cable to his home country criticizing the Rwandan government.

The document eventually leaked to Kigali, sparking a diplomatic row.

The contents of Woeste’s alleged letter are unknown.

However, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Richard Sezibera was quoted on Friday as saying Woeste was recalled by his own government after Kigali informed the latter about his unacceptable behaviour.

“We informed his government of the unacceptable behaviour of the ambassador, gave them evidence of this behaviour and requested them to take appropriate action,” Sezibera told the government newspaper, The New Times.

He said the German government “decided to recall him before the end of his term.”

This the second Germany envoy to be removed from Kigali before completing their terms of service.


Rwanda in 2008 expelled the Germany envoy and recalled its own ambassador following the arrest of protocol chief, Rose Kabuye.

Ms Kabuye was detained in Frankfurt in connection with the shooting down of former President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane which sparked the 1994 genocide.

It remains unclear how this latest development will affect Germany’s relations with Rwanda.

In 2012, German aid to Rwanda was suspended in response to a UN report accusing Kigali of supporting M23 rebels in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, accusations the government vehemently denied. The donor support was later restored.

In 2008, Woeste signed a grant agreement worth Frw 29.5 billion (29 million Euros) to support decentralization, TVET and Private Sector  development in Rwanda.

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