German replaces ambassador to Rwanda

By IGIHE
On 30 July 2019 at 12:39

The extraordinary Cabinet meeting held yesterday on Monday 29th July 2019, chaired by President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro has approved Dr. Thomas Kurz, 52, as an ambassador representing the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Rwanda with residence in Kigali.

He replaces, Dr. Peter Woeste who was recalled on request of the Government over huge mistakes where he was reported to have uttered abusive remarks against the Head of State.

Rwanda requested the replacement of Dr. Peter Woeste in April 2019 after two years of the tour of duty in Rwanda.

At the time, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs told IGIHE that Dr. Peter Woeste was not banned as it circulated through the grapevine that Rwanda requested for his replacement.

“We requested his government to replace him following huge mistakes he committed,” he said.

Amb. Nduhungirehe didn’t provide details of the committed mistakes but highlighted that it is usual to request for the replacement of an ambassador.

IGIHE got information from credible sources that the ambassador Dr. Woeste might have said abusive words against the President of the Republic.

It was said that such words were part of the written document he sent to the association of Germans living in Rwanda.

IGIHE has not however managed to identify the words the ambassador used to tarnish the reputation of President of the Republic.

The article 41 of Vienna conventions determining diplomatic relation stipulates that without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, it is the duty of all persons enjoying such privileges and immunities to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State. They also have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of that State.

If a diplomat misconducts in the host country, his country has to be notified of recall or relieving his/her immunity.

Rwanda requested the replacement of Dr. Peter Woeste in April 2019 after two years of the tour of duty in Rwanda.

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