President Paul Kagame and Commander-in-Chief of armed forces has promoted Lt. Gen Fred Ibingira to the rank of full General.
Ibingira has been the Chief of Staff – Reserve Forces. This means Gen. Ibingira has endured 27 years of service to earn the army’s top rank since the 1990’s Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF/A) struggle.
He also becomes the country’s fourth top officer with the rank of General after Gen. James Kabarebe (Defence Minister), Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba (Chief of Defence Staff) and Gen. Marcel Gatsinzi (Rtd).
In a communiqué signed by RDF Spokesperson, President Kagame also promoted Maj. General Jacques Musemakweri who is the Chief of Staff of Land Forces to the rank of Lieutenant General.
Also, twelve Brigadier Generals were promoted to the rank of Major General. These include Brig. Gen. Charles Karamba, the Chief of Staff – Air Force.
Other Brig Generals promoted to Major General on this list are: Eric Murokore, Emmy Ruvusha, Emmanuel Bayingana, Joseph Nzabamwita, Andrew Kagame, Charles Rudakubana, Aloys Muganga, Ferdinand Safari, Albert Murasira, Jean Jacques Laurent Mupenzi and Innocent Kabandana.
Meanwhile, Kagame promoted 6 officers from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier General, 14 from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel; 68 from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, and 79 officers from the rank of Captain to Major.
11 officers were also promoted from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain, 457 from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant while a number of Non-Commissioned Officers were also promoted in their respective categories.
Who is Gen. Fred Ibingira?
Lt Gen Fred Ibingira was born in 1964 in exile in Uganda. He was educated and completed Ordinary Level at Gisozi Senior Secondary School in Uganda.
Gen Fred Ibingira has held various military appointments with the following as his main career highlights:
He was commissioned in 1987;
In 1987, Platoon Commander;
In 1988, Company Commander;
In 1989, Deputy Battalion Commander 7 BN;
During liberation war; he served as Deputy Battalion Commander Task Force A in 1990;
In 1991, Commander 7 Battalion;
In 1991, Battalion Commander A Mobile Force;
In 1992, Deputy Operational Commander, Mutara Sector;
In 1993, Operation Commander 157 Mobile Force and Vice President RPA Court Martial;
In 1994, Bde Commander 301;
In 1998, Bde Commander 402;
From 2003 to 2010, Division Commander 1Div. a post he held until he was appointed Reserve Force Chief of Staff.
Gen. Ibingira is a recipient of the National Liberation Medal, Campaign against Genocide medal, Foreign Campaign Medal, Presidential Inauguration Medal, Command Service Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon and the Community Service Ribbon.
Gen. Ibingira is married to Marie Claire Munganyinka with whom he has three children.