Now Kagame Sacks 3 Detained Army Generals

discount geneva; font-size: small;”>Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) announced Monday evening three of the four top army officers placed under house arrest on January 17 face new charges of insubordination, indiscipline and lack of professionalism.

RDF publicist Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita says while a suspension and house arrest have been lifted on Brig. Gen. Richard Rutatina (Director Military Intelligence, Brig. Gen. Wilson Gumisiriza (Commander Third Division) and Col. Dan Munyuza (Director External Security), the officers are “still subject to fresh investigations.”

“Subsequent investigations established significant professional failures, including indiscipline, lack of professionalism and disregard for the RDF Chain of Command. The Officers have acknowledged their misconduct and apologised appropriately,” the statement published in Rwanda government mouthpiece newspaper The New Times reads in part.

The four officers were in January placed under house arrest over illegal business deals in Congo which authorities said violated the army code of conduct.

Brig. Nzabamwita announced their sacking:

“During the course of our investigations, new cases came up against the three, and will be handled accordingly. They are expected to report to RDF headquarters for further directives.”

He said while Chief of Staff Reserve Force boss Lt. Gen. Fred Ibingira, who had been placed under house arrest as well, has returned to work, Munyuza, Rutatina and Gumisiriza will not resume office pending fresh investigations.

Rumours spread like wild fire over the weekend that Ibingira had sneaked out of the country.

Nzabamwita further revealed that Brig. Gen. Gumisiriza’s case has been referred to the Auditorat Militaire (military prosecution) for criminal prosecution in Military Courts on new cases which surfaced during investigations.

Nzabamwita clarified that fresh cases against the three senior officers had nothing to do with the previous cases, for which they had been suspended and placed under house arrest.

The lift on the house arrest comes a few days after reported that the officers’ prolonged detention had sparked fears among family members that they were deliberately being denied justice.


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