Rwanda president Paul Kagame says his army is ready to fight any war imposed on his country.
He was Friday officiating at the Pass out of 180 Officer cadets at Rwanda Military Academy, Gako.
He began by inspecting the parade and greeting families of the 180 new officers before officiating the Officer Cadet Commissioning ceremony at the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako.
The soon to be commissioned cadet officers parade during their commissioning ceremony at Rwanda Military Academy.
President Kagame said all of those who join RDF are trained to face the challenges of the times “we are in”, including unexpected ones.
“You are given the training and knowledge to protect the sovereignty of our nation, to fight wars and keep Rwandans safe. It is an important responsibility,” he told the soldiers.
He said RDF is trained and prepared to fight wars but not to start them with others.
“But if others make us their problem and choose to start a war with us, that is when we use judgment, determination and training to fight and finish it for them,” he emphasised.
President Kagame told the new officers that the profession they have chosen is a great one.
“One you should be proud of. You can build your country and yourself the way the country and you deserve.”
This comes amid unconfirmed reports claiming war has already broken out in southern Rwanda.
According to sources, General Kayumba Nyamwasa is commanding these rebels who have taken some areas on the main road leading to Kigali Mkoani.
These insurgents are supported by Burundian troops. Many residents fled the area to Burundi.