Briefing: Kagame Promotes Airforce Officers; Defence Chiefs Designate Mozambique Force, A Terrorist Group

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Kagame Promotes Airforce Officers; Defence Chiefs Designate Mozambique Force, A Terrorist Group

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has promoted 16 Rwandan Airforce non-commissioned Officers to the rank of Lieutenant.


These included 10 officers at the rank of Corporal and 6 privates.

According to a statement from Rwanda’s Defence Ministry, the promoted officers graduated from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in Sri Lanka as aeronautical engineers.

The country has in recent years intensified training of its Airforce personnel.

Regional Intelligence chiefs are set to categorize, Al Sunnah Wa Jama’ah, an armed movement operating in Mozambique, as a terrorist group.

Chiefs/Directors of Military intelligence from the East African Community are meeting in Kigali to carry out the latest continental threat assessment.

Rwanda Airforce personnel (File Photo)

The two day meeting delegates from member states; Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Burundi and the host Rwanda, will deliberate on regional security concerns and come up with concrete intelligence and possible solutions.

Rwanda Defence Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday night that the  meeting will “review the regional security situation with the guidance of EAC partner states defence chiefs and also consider a report by the regional defence Counter-terrorism centre on the profile of Al Sunnah Wa Jama’ah a negative armed group operating in Mozambique and its links with other terrorist groups operating in the East African region.”

Suspected Ugandan terrorists were recently intercepted in Mozambique. One claimed being the leader of Al Shabaab in Uganda.

In their meeting held December 2018 in Mwanza-Tanzania, the chiefs of intelligence recommended that the regional defence counter terrorism centre profile the group and establish its links with terrorist groups in the region and present a report in this meeting.

Meanwhile, opening the meeting on Tuesday in Kigali, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) said the gathering of military intelligence chiefs since its inception provided a platform for partner states to share information and intelligence on issues of mutual concern for the region and played a crucial role in promoting peace and security within and outside the region.

“It’s my firm belief that this meeting will come up with concrete recommendations to support the decision making process in overcoming the mentioned threats that we are facing in order to provide adequate security to our people we are mandated to protect,” Gen Nyamvumba said.

Speaking to the media after the opening, Colonel Andrew Nyamvumba, the Head Defence Intelligence said that: “The absence of accurate and timely intelligence renders these military operations not only ineffective but also continue to put our states at risk”, emphasizing that the chiefs and directors are to come up with recommendations to support the military decision making process in overcoming the threats the region is facing.

In this meeting Rwanda will take over the chairmanship of the meeting of the chiefs and directors of military intelligence of the six member states of the East African Community (EAC) which was held by Uganda


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