Kagame shakes RDF top brass, names new army chief

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Gen Jean Bosco Kazura receives office from Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.

On Monday, Rwanda President Paul Kagame made changes and deployments in the Rwanda Defence Forces [RDF] amid regional tensions and looming conflicts.

He promoted Major General Jean Bosco Kazura to General and appointed him RDF Chief Of Defence Staff.

General Fred Ibingira was appointed the reserve force Chief of Staff.

Lieutenant General Jacques Musemakweli is appointed the Inspector General of RDF.

Major General Innocent Kabandana is appointed the deputy reserve force Chief of Staff.

Brigadier General Didas Ndahiro is appointed the commandant of RDF command and Staff College.

Brigadier General Ephrem Rurangwa is appointed the commandant of Rwanda military academy – Gako.

Colonel James Ruzibiza is promoted to Brigadier General and appointed commander of engineering brigade.

Colonel Karusisi Ruki is promoted to Brigadier General and appointed commander of special operations force.

Colonel Joseph Karegire is appointed Chief J3 (operations and training).

Colonel Faustin Kalisa is appointed Chief J1 (personnel).

Colonel Adolphe Simbizi is appointed Chief J4 (logistics).

Colonel Jean Paul Karangwa is appointed commander of military police.

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Karuretwa is promoted to Colonel.

Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Kanobayire is promoted to Colonel and appointed second in command of special operations force.

Lieutenant Colonel Jules Rwirangira is promoted to Colonel and appointed commander of artillery division.

Lieutenant Colonel Lausanne Ingabire is appointed Chief J9 (civil-military relations).

Major Regis Rwagasana Sankara is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

The above appointments take immediate effect.

Newly appointed assume office

On Tuesday, the newly appointed RDF Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Jean Bosco Kazura was this afternoon handed over office by his predecessor, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.

Gen F Ibingira receives office from Lt Gen J Musemakweli.

During the same function, the Reserve Force Chief of Staff, Gen F Ibingira was handed over office by Lt Gen J Musemakweli. 

In his farewell address, Gen P Nyamvumba thanked the appointing authority for having given him the opportunity to lead one of the best institutions in Rwanda.

“Together we have registered many achievements but a lot more needs to be done to get the Force to the intended level. I trust you will be able to achieve your mission as you have here a dedicated and strong team to work with. I wish you, your staff and the entire RDF all the best”.

The newly appointed CDS Gen Jean Bosco Kazura in his takeover speech thanked HE the President of Rwanda for having entrusted in him to lead RDF, a strong institution at home and even beyond.

He also thanked the outgoing CDS for an exemplary leadership that led RDF to where it is today.

“We will emulate you aiming at even doing better. I am coming with humility and assure you to accommodate everybody’s contribution towards building RDF and our country in general.” he added.

The current handover/ takeover office follows the changes and new deployments effected yesterday 04 Nov 19 by H.E. the President of the Republic of Rwanda and Commander in Chief of the RDF.

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