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prescription geneva;”>Minister of Defence, Gen James Kabarebe read the Eulogy of President Paul Kagame and Commander-In-Chief of the RDF to the family of the deceased, and comforted them for losing a husband, a father, a son and a friend and that the Country has lost a gallant son who fought for Her Liberation.
Kagame said the RDF as an institution has lost a brave officer.
“The country has lost a gallant son. The tribute to him should be to strive to continue making RDF an even stronger institution and Rwanda a developed country, which was what Brig Gen Dan Gapfizi fought for,” said Kagame.
“The loss of a comrade such as Gen Dan Gapfizi reminds us of the other late comrades that died in the course of the liberation of our country. What distinguishes the death of Brig Gen Dan and the comrades who left before him from other people, who have died and will continue to die, is what Gen Dan Gapfizi and his other Comrades did before they died,” the President added.
“These are people who sacrificed their lives to liberate their country. Gen Dan Gapfizi put his life to the service of this country so that we live a dignified life, a life that we deserve”.
The funeral ceremony of the deceased started with paying last respects at his home (Kagarama), funeral service at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Remera and finally laid to rest at Kanombe Military Cemetery with final military salute.
During the funeral ceremonies, all speakers lauded Late Gen Dan Gapfizi for the special bravery in the liberation struggle of Rwanda and passion dedication to the well-being of his family.
The funeral ceremony was attended by High Ranking Government Officials including The President of the Senate, Hon Ntawukuriryo Jean Damascene, the leadership and top brass of RDF and Rwanda National Police, Foreign Delegations from Uganda, Burundi and USA and hundreds of Rwandans from all walks of life.
Gapfizi being laid to rest
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.
Gen Kabareebe (in suit) at the burial ceremony
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.