Kagame Retires Ex Military Intelligence Chief, Gen Rutatina

Rwanda President and Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, approved Gen Paul Kagame has given a green light to the retirement of former military intelligence chief, viagra approved Maj Gen Richard Rutatina.

A controversial soldier, this site Rutatina was fired by Kagame on February 9, 2016, just three months on the job.

He had replaced Lt Col Franco Rutagengwa in October, 2015.

The two officers swapped the position for about four years until this past February.

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

A few weeks ago, reports indicated that Rutatina had been put under house arrest, a charge senior defence officials dismissed as untrue.

ChimpReports now understands that during the Cabinet meeting this Wednesday, President Kagame told ministers convened at Village Urugwiro that Rutatina was retiring from the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF).

“His Excellency the President of the Republic, pursuant to powers conferred upon him by laws, informed the Cabinet Meeting that He granted retirement to Major General Richard Rutatina and Major Issa Karamage,” reads part of the cabinet minutes.


Rutatina and then spy chief, Col Dan Munyuza, Lt Gen Fred Ibingira and Brig Wilson Gumisiriza were in 2012 suspended and put under house arrest for reportedly indulging in questionable business dealings with some Congolese businessmen.

The officers were freed after being exonerated by an internal military investigation before being redeployed.


The retirement of Rutatina comes high on the heels of the departure of over 800 military officers from the RDF.

At least 775 serving senior army officers including Generals were recently retired from the armed forces.

Lt Gen Caesar Kayizari, who spoke on behalf of the retiring officers, thanked the RDF Leadership, the RDF Commander-in-Chief, President Kagame, in particular, for advice and enduring values in their journey of military service.

“We have walked together a long journey but a very useful journey. We have fought as a team, we have very close ties with RDF that nurtured us and built us, wherever we go we shall never disappoint you”, Gen Kayizari said; before adding that they are retiring but not tired to serve their nation.

Rwanda’s long serving Ambassador to Uganda, Maj Gen Frank Mugambage also retired from the army this year.

Former Rwanda Correctional Service boss Maj Gen Paul Rwarakabije and his successor Brig Gen George Rwigamba have as well left the armed forces.

During the 2016 phase, 371 career Officers and Other Ranks have been retired, 353 under contract military personnel have concluded their service contracts with Rwanda Defence Force, while 51 military personnel have been discharged on medical grounds.

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