Rwandan President Paul Kagame has fired Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, 53, as Minister of Internal Security.
Nyamvumba, who previously served as one of the country’s longest-serving Chief of Defence Staff, was “removed” from “his duties” owing to “matters of accountability under investigation,” according to a statement issued by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Monday night.
He said “Nyamvumba reports back to RDF headquarters pending further decision.”
The Premier didn’t mention Nyamvumba’s alleged crimes.
However, the development will send shockwaves in the country’s security services.
Kagame has in recent years been removing the old military brass, handing over sensitive and influential positions to youthful and loyal commanders.
Other elderly generals including James Kabarebe, Jack Nziza and Karenzi Karake were gradually removed from command positions.
Many were retired while others transferred to take on political assignments, paving way for more youthful officers to run the show.
Nyamvumba has been serving as Internal Affairs Minister for the last six months.
He was given the post after months of insecurity in the country as armed rebels struck at the heart of the country’s tourist attraction areas.
From 2009 to 2013, Nyamvumba served in Sudan as Force Commander of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).
A graduate of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Nyamvumba previously served the RDF as a commander of infantry forces, Commandant of the Rwanda Military Academy, President of the Military High Court, Chief of Logistics, and Chief of Operations, Plans, and Training.
He was among the top commanders of RDF when Rwandan soldiers clashed with their Ugandan counterparts in Kisangani.
Recently, Nyamvumba was elected by Kagame to represent Rwanda in bilateral talks with Uganda over the sour relations.
Nyamvumba is likely to be arrested and charged before the military court.