Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Sezibera Admitted in Critical Condition after Poisoning.
The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Richard Sezibera is reportedly admitted at a Kenyan hospital in Nairobi capital in critical condition.
Amb. Sezibera has been missing from the public in Rwanda since the start of July following a foreign trip to United Kingdom and France before he fell very sick.
According to a source at the Rwandan ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Sezibera is reportedly admitted at Aga khan hospital in Nairobi battling what is suspected to be food poisoning.
It is reported that early July this year Amb Sezibera made a trip to United Kingdom for a meeting with commonwealth commissioners to discuss several issues ahead of the June 2020 CHOGM meeting to be hosted in Kigali Rwanda.
It is further reported that while in the UK, Rwanda’s ambassador to UK – Yamina Karitanyi invited Dr Sezibera for dinner at her embassy.
“It was during this dinner at Rwanda’s ambassador’s residence in the U.K that we suspect that Dr Sezibera was poisoned”A source says.
The operation was reportedly coordinated by a one Jimmy Uwizeye a Rwandan external intelligence operative who was declared in 2006 a persona non grata in Uganda due to his subversive activities but later deployed to UK by Rwandan government.
It should be noted that Uwizeye was expelled from Uganda in November 2006 after Uganda accused him of involvement in clandestine operations against Uganda.
From UK, Dr Richard Sezibera went to France for another foreign office engagements, where he started feeling weak with internal pains.
By the time the minister returned to Kigali, he was severely sick and bedridden.
Family members who talked to this website on condition of anonymity said government first declined to grant them permission to fly him abroad for specialized treatment not until the situations deteriorated before he was airlifted to Aga Khan Hospital private wing where he is currently admitted.
However, he is reportedly been referred to India or Singapore for better specialized treatment.
A family member says Kigali is yet to approve the transfer.
“At the moment Sezibera is still in critical condition and in danger of losing his life at any time”.
Kigali establishment which has always been on the spot for eliminating those that differ in its working methods is reportedly not been happy with Minister Sezibera’s working policies.
International relations analysts believe Amb Sezibera disagreed with his boss Paul Kagame on matters to do with foreign policies and handling diplomatic rows most especially with the northern neighbor Uganda over border closure and witch-hunting so called Rwandan dissidents.
In October 2018, after being appointed by Paul Kagame to replace Louise Mushikiwabo as Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Sezibera adopted a new approach.
Analysts say his new diplomatic approach was to ignore Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and P5 coalition as none existent.
To him, Rwanda’s foreign office to constantly talking about RNC or P5 coalition was giving credibility and importance to these organizations.
In his first press briefing as Foreign Minister, when asked by journalists about RNC or P5 coalition, Dr Sezibera preferred to ignore these organizations by saying that he didn’t know them and that Rwanda shouldn’t waste time on such failed organizations.
“Dr Sezibera understood the art of communication, talking negatively or positively about RNC or P5 was providing free marketing and publicity for these organizations”.
However, few months along the line, on New Year’s Eve, Rwandan president Paul Kagame spent half of his new year’s message talking about RNC, thus providing free marketing and publicity to the same organization which his minister had denied knowledge about their existence.
“With different approaches at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was a matter of time before Dr Richard Sezibera was sidelined, but none expected him to go for his head especially knowing how he has been a loyal servant of the system”.
“With time, Dr Richard Sezibera started becoming frustrated with the whole foreign policy approach led by the system. He was totally not happy with how Kagame’s owned media outlets insulted and abused the former international relations minister of South Africa – Lindiwe Sisulu, especially after the effort he was putting to normalize the relationship with her country”.
“Dr Sezibera was also totally not happy with the government’s approach towards Uganda. After being appointed, Sezibera made an effort to build and open communication contacts between his office and that of his Ugandan counterpart Sam Kuteesa But his rapprochement was always derailed by DMI approach supported by the president’s office”.
“Dr Sezibera was disgruntled with insults, abuses and degrading words that came from Kigali through DMI owned and controlled media outlets towards the leadership in Kampala. The more Dr Sezibera realized that his merely a tool with no power within the Foreign ministry, the more he became disgruntled”
He was in fact sidelined and his junior Olivier Nduhungirehe was empowered to start using his social media pages to bully and insult Ugandan government officials and whoever tried to question his boss.
After facing the repercussions of trying to do what he believed was for the good of Rwanda and its people, he reportedly tried to confide some of his frustrations to one of his relatives.
He was however reportedly betrayed by his own family member who reported to Rwanda’s intelligence body.
Rwanda is a renowned country in the world where everyone is a spy for each other , where parents spy on their own children and children spy on their parents, married couples spy each other and neighbors spy one another.
With Rwandan leader learning that his foreign minister was a Kampala sympathizer, Sezibera crossed the line before intelligence organs started following him up.
About Amb Richard Sezibera
Dr Richard Sezibera is also a senior cadre within Rwanda’s ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front party.
Dr .Sezibera was attached to the medical wing of the then RPF rebel movement and after the war in 1994 he was awarded a rank of Major.
From 1994, to present, Dr Richard Sezibera has served Rwandan government in different capacities.
In 2011, Dr Richard Sezibera was thrown out as a minister of health under unclear circumstances.
He returned to government in October 2018 as new foreign minister replacing another Paul Kagame’s blue eyed woman, Louise Mushikiwabo now Secretary-General of the Organization Internationale de la Francophone.
After his appointment, Dr Richard Sezibera thought to bring a new approach of diplomacy at the ministry of foreign affairs but has met resistances from different forces because of the fact that his ministry is largely controlled by the country’s Directorate of military Intelligence.
Srce: Command post,Rwanda on Wednesday August 7,2019.