Rwandan Embassy in London: Kagame is landlord; Rwanda Government is tenant
Why does the British Government “continue to naively use taxpayers’ money to sponsor a Mafioso” in Kigali, asks the ‘African Dictator’ in a recent article? Read the story!
Rwandan President Paul Kagame owns the Rwandan Embassy building in London, 122 Seymour Place, London, W1H 1NR. Who would have guessed that Colina Enterprise, registered in Panama, in the name of two closest collaborators of the Rwandan head of state, would buy a building in London and then rent it back to the Rwandan government!
Back in 2003, Kagame’s nephew Byusa accompanied by Hatari Sekoko of Kagame’s US$50 million Bombardier Aircraft fame, travelled to Panama to set Colina Enterprise, which subsequently bought a building from one Bright Grahame Murray for almost 2 million British Pounds.
It is this posh building in North London that now houses the Rwandan High Commission, having been moved from Trafalgar Square, where it used to share same premises with the Ugandan Embassy.
Naturally, the rent for the new Embassy is paid from the national treasury – namely, the Ministry of Finance, where the Rwandan dictator has yet another strong link for executing his misdeeds.
Sitting in the upper echelons of the Finance Ministry is no other than Pitchette Kampeta Sayinzoga, the wife of Kagame’s nephew Byusa and the co-director of Colina Enterprise. She is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and therefore ensures the smooth transactions – and to make the landlord and tenant happy!
Those familiar with the famous Kagame Bombardier Global Express Aircraft will see a similar pattern here. As you will recall, the aircraft are said to be “owned” by Repli Investments 29 (Pty) Ltd, a company registered in South Africa with Hatari Sekoko as one of the three directors.
This is the same man who set up Colina Enterprise in Panama as the right hand man of the Rwandan dictators.
There goes the Kagame brand of good governance and transparency that have become the hallmark of his, in selling his image to British Government that continues to naively use taxpayers’ money to sponsor a Mafioso.