Gen Nyakarundi to Head Intelligence as Kagame Effects Changes in Rwanda’s Army Leadership

LR: Maj Gen Emmanuel Bayingana, President Paul Kagame and Brig Gen Vincent Nyakarundi.

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame has made changes in the Rwandan army leadership with Maj Gen Emmanuel Bayingana appointed Air Force Chief of Staff.

In the same reshuffle, Brig Gen Vincent Nyakarundi has been named the Head of Defence Intelligence while Col Andre Nyamvumba will head Defence Research and Development in the Ministry of Defence.
The appointments take immediate effect.

The changes are the latest in the command of the Rwandan army since April this year when Gen Kagame who is also Commander-in-chief of the armed forces promoted Maj Gen Jean Jacques Mupenzi to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Mupenzi previously, a Commander of the Mechanised Division was named Army Chief of Staff.

Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli was also appointed the Reserve Force Chief of Staff.

During the Liberation Day anniversary two months ago, President Kagame praised the army for its “ultimate sacrifice” in the liberation of Rwanda in the wake of the 1994 genocide.

“Around us today are some of the men and women who protected survivors and led them to safety. Our army, and those others who supported it, lived for our country, and others died. Those still alive continue to serve it with steadfast devotion. We thank you,” he said.

“Many other liberation fighters are with us only in memory because they made the ultimate sacrifice”.

Kagame explained that the logic of liberation was to turn bad things into good things, but added that the challenge remains in sustainability.

Rwanda has also, as recently as December of last year, been faced with attacks from armed groups. Two people were killed and eight others badly injured when unknown attackers set three buses carrying passengers on fire in Nyamagabe district, South of the country.

The Military Spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango said at the time that the attackers had fled into Nyungwe Forest.

Earlier in December, at least two Rwandan soldiers were killed when rebels reportedly crossed into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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