The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) Commander-in-Chief Paul Kagame has retired 800 senior and junior officers among them Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake and Major General Jack Nziza.
The retired officers were seen off at a function presided over by the Defence Minister General James Kabarebe, and attended by among others the Chief of Defence Staff General Patrick Nyamvumba.
Both Lt. Gen. Karenzi Karake and Maj. Gen. Nziza, the two topmost officers retired, have served the RDF/RPA in different capacities including the in the military intelligence services for over 20 years.
For most Ugandans, Maj. Gen. Jack Nziza (then Brigadier) is most remembered for splitting President Yoweri Museveni’s 40-car convoy into two, as the Uganda leader headed to Kigali to attend and also hand over the chairmanship of COMESA to his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in June, 2005.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that the Kigali regime has arrested four senior officers suspected of having aided in the escape from Rwanda of former External Security Organisation boss Colonel Patrick Karegeya (RIP), ten years ago.
Col. Karegeya was killed in South Africa on January 1, 2014, and the four senior officers arrested recently over his escape are colonels Emmanuel Rugazora, Gishaija, Mugabo and Kalimba.
Reports also indicate that the RDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Rene Ngendahimana was also relieved of his duties.