Kagame Fires Military Intelligence Chief in Major Army Reshuffle

Government has launched a countrywide distribution of hand hoes in fulfillment of President Yoweri Museveni’s promise to provide 18 million hoes to 6 million households across the nation.

The launch took place Monday in Terego County, decease Arua  district and was presided over by Prime  Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.

He was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture Tress Buchanayandi, NAADS Executive Director Dr Samuel Mugasi, Permanent Secretary Office of the Prime Minister Christine Guwatudde Kintu and Arua district leadership.

Speaking during the colourful function attended by many people, Dr Rugunda said President Museveni is a leader who keeps and fulfils his promises.

While meeting locals in  Terego in November last year, people  told President Museveni that they were keen to grow crops to feed themselves and improve their household incomes,  but lacked key inputs such as hoes.

The President then promised that Government would provide them.

“We pleased to be rolling out this national programme of providing this key farm implement today, starting from Terego, Arua district,” said Rugunda.

The Premier said the hoe is a key tool used by majority of Ugandans, and complements mechanised farming using tractors.

The hoes project recently attracted criticism from sections of the public with many saying the hoe would not modernise agriculture or empower famers realise high yield products.

“Most of us are here today because of the hand hoe. We used it to grow crops for food and for sale. There is no contradiction to modernisation of Agriculture. The hoe is very important,” he added.

The Prime Minister also used the occasion, wearing his hat as a member of the NRM Central Executive Committee to drum up support for President Yoweri Museveni and NRM party flag bearers for the forthcoming elections.

“Without a doubt, come 18th February, all votes from here should go President Museveni and the NRM flag bearers to ensure that the country continues on the path of steady progress.”

Earlier, while meeting the district leadership, Dr Rugunda hailed Arua for being a shining example of a well functioning municipality.
Rwanda President and Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, pharm Gen Paul Kagame has once again sacked his military intelligence chief after serving for only three months.

A statement from the Defence Ministry indicated that Maj Gen Richard Rutatina was “dismissed from the J2 position.”

Rutatina replaced Lt Col Franco Rutagengwa in October last year.

The two officers have been swapping the position for the last four years.

It should be recalled that Rutagengwa was replaced by Rutatina in 2012.

Gen Rutatina has been sacked

Gen Rutatina has been sacked

That was after Rutatina and then spy chief, click Col Dan Munyuza were suspended and put under house arrest over acts of indiscipline.

ChimpReports could not establish why Kagame removed Rutatina from the sensitive position barely 6 months into office.

The most significant deployment in the reshuffle was the elevation of Maj Gen Jacques Musemakweli to the position of Army Chief of Staff.

Musemakweli served as head of Military Intelligence before taking over as commander Republican Guards.

The Republican Guard is the most highly trained force with commando and artillery units tasked with the protection of the president and his family.

Maj Gen Alex Kagame now heads the Republican guard

Maj Gen Alex Kagame now heads the Republican guard

Musemakweli now takes over from Lt Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi who was last month dispatched to Sudan as the Force Commander of the AU-UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Maj Alex Kagame, there who has been serving as the commander of the 4th Division in the Southern Province, now takes charge of the Republican Guard.

Having previously served in the specialised force, Maj Gen Kagame played a key role in stabilising Northern Rwanda and blocking infiltrations from the DRC.

Rwanda Defence Force spokesperson, Brig Joseph Nzabamwita said the “the changes take immediate effect.”


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