4 Rwanda Army Generals Still Under House Arrest


viagra approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Military sources in Rwanda have revealed chief of staff Reserve Forces Lt. Gen Fred Ibingira, hospital Division Commander Brig. Gen Wilson Gumisiriza and the much-feared External Security Director Col. Dan Munyuza and Director of Military Intelligence Brig. Richard Rutatina are still under house arrest in Kigali.

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“The generals are angry with Kagame for denying them freedom which they fought for during the liberation struggle that ushered RPF into power. They feel justice delayed is justice denied,” a source told news desk from Rwanda.

On January 18, Rwanda Army spokesperson Col. Joseph Nzabamwita said the generals “are under investigation for acts of Indiscipline with respect to getting involved in civilian business dealings in Democratic republic of Congo.”

The military source says there are concerns as to why the generals are yet to face Court since January.

“Before one places a general under house arrest over indiscipline, one needs incriminating evidence for a speedy and fair trial,” revealed the source.

We have also learned that after Kagame’s order that generals be brought to order, more civilians, who have since been identified as Safari, Mabati and Muzungu were arrested over the same saga. While the army claims they were businessmen involved in dubious deals with the generals, our investigators have established the three men have never operated any businesses in Congo.

The continued house arrest has brought Kigali on the spot for violation of human rights.

US representative to United Nations Susan Rice last year warned Kigali against denying its citizens civil liberties.

Since the arrest of the generals, speculation has been rife they were in touch with exiled renegade Generals Kayumba Nyamwasa and Col. Patrick Karegeya.

The development was so interesting given that the affected officers held sensitive positions.

Shortly after the arrests, Kagame’s former Cabinet Secretary turned arch critic Theogene Rudasingwa said: “General Kagame’s moves, attitude, behavior and actions are more acts of desperation than coherent strategy. He may boast that he will rise and never fall, but he is a general without real generals.”

He further noted: “With an appetite for DRC’s mineral wealth, General Kagame has sent his Generals to loot for him. When their actions become public knowledge, he disowns and “arrests” them. Trader-in-Chief becomes law and discipline enforcer, prosecutor and Judge.”

Rudasingwa said the greatest danger signal to a general in Rwanda is when he is asked to become a Minister of Defence or head the National Security Service ( NSS).

“Lt. Generals Kayumba Nyamwasa and Marcel Gatsinzi have been there. Currently James Kabarebe occupies the glamourous post of Minister of Defence, essentially retired out of active military service. General Kagame is his own Defence Minister and Chief Intelligence Officer. He would never sub-contract these functions to anybody,” he said.

The opposition Rwanda National Congress (RNC) Coordinator concluded: “General Kagame has destroyed Rwanda’s Generals. He has become a General without Generals. And the generals have become an endangered species. Only themselves and the Rwandan citizens will save them from extinction.”

However, during a recent interview with this investigative website’s editor, Rwanda’s envoy to Kampala Gen. Frank Mugambage said: “The arrest of the generals is about accountability. It goes against what their institutions stand for. They were put under house arrest for involving themselves in illegal Congo business deals. If it’s established that whatever actions they were engaged in were contrary to the code of conduct of the institutions they serve, courts will do their job. They are being investigated.”

He added: “When you take the position of leadership, you must live to expected standards of what it calls for. If you misuse power, you are held accountable. Whether you are minister or general, you must work for common good. This is a disciplinary measure which is part of effecting accountability.”


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