Rwandan President Paul Kagama who also doubles as the Commander in Chief of Rwanda Defence Forces has made a shocking and abrupt army reshuffle where he dropped his Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba who has led the Rwandan Defence Forces for close to six years, we have learnt. Former CDF has been appointed the Minister of Internal Security.
He has been replaced by his Junior Jean Bosco Kazura who was also promoted from the Rank of Maj.Gen to full General. Prior to his new Appointment, Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura as the Commandant of RDF Command and staff College Musanze.President Kagame also dropped his foreign Affairs Minister Dr Richard Sezibera and replaced him with Dr Vincent Biruta.
Other RDF Generals who were affected in the reshuffle include Gen Fred Ibingira who was appointed Chief of staff of the reserve Forces. He replaced Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli who was appointed Inspector General of RDF.
President Kagame also removed Maj Gen Innocent Kabandana from the position of Commander Special Operations and appointed him Deputy Reserve Force Chief of Staff.
Brig Didas Ndahiro who was Commander of Artillery Division has been appointed the new Commandant of RDF Command and Staff College. He replaces Gen Kazura-the new RDF Chief of Defence Staff.
Brig Ephraim Rurangwa former Chief of Logistics is now the new Commandant of Rwanda Military Academy while Brig James Ruzibiza has been appointed Commander of Engineering Brigade. Ruzibiza had been the Chief Civil-Military Relations.
Karusisi Ruki promoted from Colonel to Brigadier and appointed Commander of Special Operations Force. He replaces Maj Gen Kabandana. Brig Gen Ruki had been serving as Deputy Commander of Special Operations Force.
Col Joseph Karegire – appointed Chief of Operations and Training. Col Karegire has been Commander of Military Police.
Col Faustin Kalisa – appointed Chief of Personnel. Col Kalisa has bee the Commander, Engineering Brigade.
Col Adolphe Simbizi – appointed Chief of Logistics. Col Simbizi was serving as Director, Patrimony at the Ministry of Defence.
Col Jean-Paul Karangwa – appointed Commander of Military Police.
Patrick Karuretwa – promoted to Colonel and appointed as Kagame’s Principal Private Secretary.
Lt Col Emmanuel Kanobayire – promoted to Colonel and appointed Second in Command of Special Operations Force. He has been serving as a battalion commander in Special Operations Force.
Jules Rwirangira – promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel and appointed Commander of Artillery Division.
Lt Col Lausanne Ingabire – appointed Chief Civil-Military Relations. She has been serving as Director of Gender in the same unit.
Regis Rwagasana Sankara – promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
This is the second time in two months that President Paul Kagame makes changes in the RDF, a move seen by observers as an attempt to remove some discontented army Generals from the top leadership.
In September, President Kagame made appointments and changes within the RDF, appointing Maj Gen Emmanuel Bayingana as the Air Force Chief of Staff; Brig Gen Vincent Nyakarundi, as head of Defence Intelligence; and Col Andrew Nyamvumba, as the head of Defence Research and Development at the Ministry of Defence.