Kagame Attends RDF’s Special Warfare Military Drills

President Paul Kagame on Friday attended the Combined Fire Arms Exercise held at the Rwanda Defence Forces Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, side effects Eastern Province.

Officials said the military exercise was conducted by the 1st division of the Rwanda Defence Forces.

1st Division has its headquarters in Kigali and covers Central and Eastern regional command.

The main purpose of the EX Hard Punch is described as aiming to demonstrate how various military capabilities are integrated and synchronized to deliver combined effects by an RDF infantry division in a combined arms environment.

The exercise is part of RDF ongoing structural transformation aimed at building an increasingly capable and professional force, diagnosis able to achieve its mandated mission.

One of the objectives of the exercise, officials said, was to test and assess the synchronized delivery of joint fires using various capabilities in a single operation.

The military drill also sought to demonstrate the joint planning, synchronization and coordinated employment of air power, Special Forces and offensive support group capabilities in supporting an infantry division to achieve a combat mission.

Rwanda has in the last few years reported several incursions by the DRC-based FDLR militia.


Fighting between government, UN and rebel groups in the eastern DRC has spilled over into Rwanda after several mortar shells landed in the tiny country.

The region remains fragile with Burundi struggling with an insurrection that has claimed thousands of lives.

It also will be recalled that in April, armed men attacked a police station at Bugeshi in Rubavu, sending shockwaves across the region.

The militants quickly escaped from the scene under the cover of darkness.

Security responded by launching massive community sensitisation campaigns to boost cooperation between locals and law enforcement bodies.

Equally important is the reopening of the Juvenal Habyarimana plane crash probe in France.

It’s understood such political schemes on the international stage do not only undermine president Kagame’s government but also embolden rebel movements to attack Rwanda.

Kagame could as well have intended to assess the preparedness of the armed forces in case of an eventuality.

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) is made up of the High Command Council, General Staff, the Rwanda Land Force, the Rwanda Air Force and specialized inter-service units.

Following the event, President Kagame, the Commander-In-Chief of the country’s Armed Forces, held a meeting with senior command staff.

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