President Paul Kagame and Commander – in – Chief has made several changes and deployments in Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).
Major General Jean Bosco Kazura has been promoted to General and appointed RDF Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) replacing General Patrick Nyamvumba who has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs in the cabinet reshuffle yesterday.
General Kazura was Commander of RDF Command and Staff College.
The promotion of Kazura to the rank of General brings the list of RDF Generals (four stars) to five, including Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba, Gen. Fred Ibingira, Gen. James Kabarebe, Gen. Kazura himself and Gen. (Rtd) Marcel Gatsinzi.
Brigadier General Didas Ndahiro was appointed the Commander of RDF command and staff college replacing General Kazura.
In other areas, General Fred Ibingira was appointed the Reserve Force Chief of Staff. This is the second time he is appointed to this position. Previously, he served as Reserve Force Chief of Staff until November 2018 when he was replaced by Gen Aloys Muganga as acting Reserve Force Chief of Staff.
The president appointed Major General Innocent Kabandana as the Deputy Reserve Force Chief of Staff.
Lieutenant General Jacques Musemakweli was appointed the Inspector General of RDF while Brigadier General Ephrem Rurangwa was appointed the commandant of Rwanda Military Academy – Gako.
Colonel James Ruzibiza was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and appointed Commander of Engineering Brigade.
Colonel Karusisi Ruki was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed commander of Special Operations Force.
Colonel Joseph Karegire was appointed Chief j3 which is in charge of operations and training.
Colonel Faustin Kalisa was appointed Chief j1 which is in charge of personel.
Colonel Adolphe Simbizi was appointed Chief j4 whih is in charge of logistics while Colonel Jean Paul Karangwa was appointed commander of Military Police.
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Karuretwa was promoted to colonel while Lieutenant colonel Emmanuel Kanobayire was promoted to colonel and appointed second in command of special operations force.
Lieutenant colonel Jules Rwirangira was promoted to colonel and appointed commander of Artillery Division.
Lieutenant Colonel Lausanne Ingabire was appointed Chief j9 which is in charge of civil-military relations.
Major Regis Rwagasana Sankara was promoted to Lieutenant colonel.