BREAKING: Kagame Arrests Four Top Generals

treat geneva; font-size: small;”>In a press statement released by army publicist Col. Joseph Nzabamwita, approved Kagame further suspended chief of staff Reserve Forces Lt. Gen Fred Ibingira, Brig Gen Richard Munyuza, Brig. Gen Wilson Gumisiriza and the much-feared External Security Director Col. Dan Munyuza.

Director of Military Intelligence Brig. Richard Rutatina, who was last July removed as Presidential Advisor on security, has been detained as well.

The firing comes hardly a month after a grenade attack rocked Kigali, killing two and injuring dozens.

Rwanda Defence Forces Publicist says “the RDF leadership has suspended from duty and placed under house arrest the officers with effect from January 18 2012.”

Col. Nzabamwita adds: “They are under investigation for acts of Indiscipline with respect to getting involved in civilian business dealings in Democratic republic of Congo.”

The development is so interesting given that the affected officers hold sensitive positions.

It’s feared the officers could have been planning something bigger against Kagame.


This explains why the officers were subsequently placed under house arrest.

Sources in Rwanda say the military is on high alert and security around the affected officers’ residences has been tightened to alarming levels.


The most notable officer is Lt Gen Ibingira who was born in 1964 in exile in Uganda. He was educated and completed Ordinary Level at Gisozi Senior Secondary School in Uganda.

He has held various military appointments with the following as his main career highlights: He was commissioned in 1987 as RPF planned to invade Rwanda. In 1987, he was elevated to Platoon Commander and in 1988 as Company Commander. One year later, he was promoted to Deputy Battalion Commander 7 BN.

In fact during the war of liberation; he served as Deputy Battalion Commander Task Force A in 1990 and as Commander 7 Battalion in 1991. In the same year, he commanded A Mobile Force and in 1992, he was appointed Deputy Operational Commander Mutara Sector.

In 1993 Ibingira was appointed Operation Commander 157 Mobile Force and Vice President RPA Court Martial.

A year later he was named Brigade de Commander 301 for four years before being transferred to 402 Brigade in 1998.

From 2003 to 2010, Ibingira was 1st Division Commander 1Div, a post he held until he was appointed Reserve Force Chief of Staff.

He is believed to be one of the most senior strategists, commander and enjoys huge fan base in the army.

Ibingira is a recipient of the National Liberation Medal, Campaign against Genocide medal, Foreign Campaign Medal, Presidential Inauguration Medal, Command Service Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon and the Community Service Ribbon.

He is married to Marie Claire Munganyinka with whom he has three children. is preparing a special analysis on this development.

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