Kisoro District Chairman Talks Kneeling Before Councilors

Embattled Kisoro LC5 Chairman Abel Bizimana has come out to explain why he chose to “embarrass himself” by kneeling and wailing in from of his council just over two weeks ago.

The stunt, order he told Chimpreports on Sunday, was to get Kisoro district off a dangerous course it was taking.

Mr. Bizimana, at the close of last month while appearing before an extraordinary council meeting that aimed at censuring him, went down on his knees while wiping tears and begged to be forgiven.

The councilors were angry that Bizimana had accused some of them of supporting the DRC based rebel group M23, during an interview with a local daily.

In his defense, the chairman claimed among others that at the time of the interview with the journalist, he might have been drunk.

Chimpreports caught up with him on Sunday however, and he told us that he didn’t regret embarrassing himself in front of the council, because his district was facing severe political divisions.

He told us he had to reduce himself and bear the shame in order to save the district for the egoistic tendencies of some of the councilors.

Kisoro district he said is bigger than himself, and that besides, humility is a virtue which if well utilized can avert dangerous situations.


“I am sorry to all people of Kisoro that were offended by my kneeling before councilors for it was the only option left to demonstrate my remorse and commitment to harmony in the interest of having Kisoro stable,” he said.

His action he added, which resulted in stopping his censorship, “was a loss to those who wanted to have fun, but a victory to peace lovers.”

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