Rwanda deny Sen Bob Brown has not been banned from the country

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Kigali,Rwanda-News reports in Australia of former Senator Bob Brown being “banned from Rwanda” are without any basis in fact, according to the official Rwanda statement.

Dr Brown was coming to Kigali to offer a political support to the struggling Democratic green party of Rwanda which is yet to be registered.

Gasabo district mayor Willy Ndizeye told Great Lakes Voice that, his office is still vetting Frank Habineza’s request of convening party’s congress to get registered.

Approval of Mr Brown’s visa application was withheld because the claim in his application not to have visited Rwanda previously appears to contradict records held by Rwandan immigration authorities.

“Like any country, Rwanda takes the provision of false information on visa applications seriously.  Indeed, we note that Australia bans individuals from entering their country for three years when inaccurate information is provided in such documents.” The statement reads in apart

Dr Brown says it’s further evidence the government of Rwandan president Paul Kagame was stymieing democracy and crushing political opposition.

However, since there is the possibility of clerical error, authorities continue to examine the case and no final decision has been made regarding Mr Brown’s application.

At no point did Mr Brown’s current or past political affiliations come into consideration, nor were they even known to the officials who processed his application.

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  1. Pam Connell

    November 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    I’m Australian … and I say keep him out of Rwanda. Rwanda frowns upon homosexuality and this man is self-professed. His time of office in Australian Parliament did no favours for anyone except to stir trouble.

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