Has Rwanda Reserve Force Commander Gen. Ibingira Fled?
Information trickling in indicates that Rwanda Chief of Staff Reserve Forces Gen. Fred Ibingira, who was placed under house arrest in January over cases of indiscipline, has reportedly fled the country.
Multiple military sources in Rwanda have expressed fear to Chimpreports.com news desk that Ibingira mysteriously disappeared on Saturday night.
Our investigations desk is working round the clock to confirm the reports with the Rwanda army spokesperson.
Ibingira was arrested alongside three other high ranking army generals on January 18 on orders of President Paul Kagame.
Ibingira, Division Commander Brig. Gen Wilson Gumisiriza, External Security Director Col. Dan Munyuza and Director of Military Intelligence Brig. Richard Rutatina were accused of indulging in dubious deals in Congo, acts that violated the code of conduct of the Rwanda army.
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 long-lived detention of the generals recently worried family members and 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.
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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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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