Departed Rwandan General’s Burial Today

look geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The family of the deceased and the military leadership is struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that befell the RPF Liberation war hero.

visit this site geneva;”>According to the Spokesperson of the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), ailment Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita, the incident occurred at 5.30pm between Karangazi and Kizirakome on the Kagitumba-Kayonza highway in Eastern Province.

Today morning, mourners paid their last respects to the fallen Southern Region Reserve Commander’s residence in Kicukiro.

A memorial mass is currently underway at Remera Seventh Day Adventist Church after which the body will be taken to the cemetery in the afternoon for burial.

The General, whom friends described as a gallant fighter, nationalists and social, was born in 1957 in Kabagari/Ruhango in Southern Province before his parents fled to Uganda due to an internal war.

Shortly after Yoweri Museveni’s guerilla group, NRA, seized power in 1986, Gapfizi joined the armed forces for military training.

He was later recruited by then RPF commander, Maj Gen Fred Rwigyema, shortly before October 1990 when majority of Rwandese refugees in Uganda opened war on the genocidal regime of Juvenal Habyarimana.

After capturing power in 1994, RPF deployed Gapfizi, then a Major, as commandant of the RDF’s 7 Battalion based in the former Camp Kigali, Kigali.

He also led operations against elements of FAR who had started subversive activities in Northern Providence between 1997-99 thus being elevated to Lieutenant Colonel.

Gapfizi’s star continued to rise, with President Paul Kagame appointing him commandant of the RDF’s 301 Brigade, covering former Butare, Gikongoro, and Cyangugu prefectures.

He also commanded the 204 Brigade and Second Division in the Eastern division before he took over as commandant of the Reserve Force at the rank of Brigadier.


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