Rwandan President Paul Kagame has sacked the Director General of External Security, Brig Gen Francis Mutiganda as part of the military reshuffle, Chimp Corps report.
“H.E The President of The Republic and Commander-in-Chief of Rwanda DF has made the following appointments, promotion and deployment of General and Senior Officers to take immediate effect,” reads part of a message sent to all army units.
“1. Brig Gen Francis Mutiganda DG External Security NISS (National Intelligence and Security Services) is redeployed to RDF Headquarters for further Management.”
Kagame also ordered the transfer of Lt Col Emmanuel Rukundo from NISS RDF headquarters for ‘further management.’
The reason for sacking Mutiganda and Rukundo remains unclear.
But it points to possible failure to execute their assignments satisfactorily.
Mutiganda took over the External Security docket from Dan Munyuza in 2012.
Mutiganda is said to have been groomed by former Inspector General of RDF, Gen Jack Nziza.
Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the reshuffle in which Mutiganda was removed from office could as well have something to do with the relations with Uganda.
Ties between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months over espionage and counter accusations of supporting rival rebel movements.
In the reshuffle, Colonel Gerard Butera, Chief of Protocol Office of The President was also redeployed to RDF headquarters for “further management”.
Officials said if were for indiscipline, the officers would have been arrested.
Colonel Joseph Karegire was appointed as Commandant Military Police Regiment
Lt Col Ruki Karusisi, Head of Operations Republican Guard will serve as the Deputy Commander of Special Operations Force and promoted to the Rank of Colonel.
Karusisi has served in the Republican Guard, a specialised force that guards the President.
He is a brother of Diane Karusisi, CEO Bank of Kigali.
Major Callixte Migabo, who has been head of intelligence in the Republican Guard, takes over as the new Head of Operations of the force.
He also was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.