Augustin Habimana,former Rwanda’s ambassador in Burundi arrested in Kenya

Kigali-Rwanda-Available information indicates that the former Rwanda’s envoy to Burundi who had gone missing following the recall has been arrested by Kenyan security authorities today, Great Lakes Voice have reliably established.

Rwanda security sources say Habimana Augustin has been arrested and Rwandan authorities are still negotiating with their Kenyan counterparts about his extradition procedures.

Effort to speak to Rwanda’s top diplomat, Louise Mushikiwabo and Permanent secretary Mary Baine have been futile since they couldn’t answer our calls and sms.

Charges against Habimana are not clear but his disappearance since his recall was a great concern to Kigali government. Before serving as Rwanda’s ambassador to Bujumbura, he worked for the government in various portfolios.

Habimana was recalled partly because of disagreements with embassy staff in Bujumbura who continued to report back to Kigali that he was, possibly, involved in activities not in line with his diplomatic posting. This included unconfirmed reports that he was in contact with political groups opposed to the Kigali government.

Sources also say that the ambassador is alleged have faced a number of cases at Rwanda’s police for failing to pay child support for children he allegedly fathered with several women. With these allegations, his conduct was regarded not to be appropriate with diplomatic status.

Habimana was the Director of Internal Intelligence at the National Intelligence and Security Services [NISS] before he was sent to Bujumbura as ambassador in November 2011. Reports say that even Habimana’s departure from NISS was a result of serious problems even though they were kept secret, and the diplomatic posting was seen as a solution.