In a 02.28.2009 KMEC radio update on the Rwanda 2010 election, Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda said that the government of Rwanda has "long arms," and that "you can run but you can't hide," so he and the other party leaders of the Permanent Consultative Council, feel safer staying in Rwanda, but former Rwandan Ambassador Jean Pierre Bizimana seems to have tried running, after, refusing to help assassinate FDU-Inkingi leader VIctoire Ingabiré Umuhoza, according to Ingabiré, and/or, helping her obtain travel documents to return to Rwanda, according to sources unnamed by 256.com.
Rwanda’s Ambassador to Holland Flees to Ireland
BY GODWIN AGABA
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
In hiding? Ambassador Bizimana
News reaching 256news.com indicates that Ambassador Jean Pierre
Bizimana of Rwanda to the Netherlands is seeking political asylum in
the Republic of Ireland.
Bizimana failed to turn up for the recently concluded Ambassadors’
retreat in Kigali last week because he feared arrest, according to
The sources indicate that Ambassador Bizimana got into trouble because
of alleged links to controversial opposition leader Ingabire Victoire
Umuhoza of the FDU-INKINGI.
When 256news.com contacted Ingabire for a comment, she denied links
with him but said, “the Ambassador is being blamed for falling to help assassins
sent by Kigali to kill me shortly before my return.”
Other reasons advanced are that, Bizimana helped Ingabire and her
family to acquire travel documents without authorization from Kigali.
A source in the West who is aware of Rwandan politics said the two
(Ingabire and Bizimana) share close kinship.
Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister did not answer
repeated phone calls from 256news.com and even SMS messages seeking
clarification went unanswered.
Ingabire, who this week caused a stir by seeking a temporary
asylum in British High Commission in Kigali told 256news.com on
telephone that, her impact is being felt by the regime in Kigali
“if Ambassadors are beginning to flee because of me.”
Ingabire lived in Holland before returning to Rwanda mid-January this year.