Rwandan Army Generals Retire

At least 775 serving senior army officers including Generals have retired from the Rwanda Defence Force, sickness Chimp Corps report.

The function held this week in Kigali, order Rwanda was presided over by Minister of Defence, web Gen James Kabarebe.

The ceremony was held at RDF Senior Officers Mess, Kimihurura and was attended by RDF Service Chiefs, Generals and Senior Officers, as well as retiring Officers’ Spouses.

In his keynote address, Gen Kabarebe deeply thanked the retiring military personnel for their valued contribution in the liberation of Rwanda and stopping the Genocide against the Tutsi.

“On behalf of the Commander-in-Chief, I wish to extend the gratitude and appreciation to those who are retiring today for their selflessness in the liberation struggle and contribution to the process of developing their country”, said Kabarebe.

“You have all made personal sacrifices and contributed to make Rwanda a country we are proud to call home”, the General highlighted.

He urged the officers and men to use their experience and expertise to continue supporting the nation in whatever they will be engaged.

Lt Gen Ceaser Kayizari, who spoke on behalf of the Retiring Officers, thanked the RDF Leadership, the RDF Commander-in-Chief, HE President Paul 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.

Ge Kabarebe (L) hands a discharge certificate to one of the retired army officers in Kigali this week
Ge Kabarebe (L) hands a discharge certificate to one of the retired army officers in Kigali this week

RDF Officers who have been retired include Lt General Ceaser Kayizari who served as Army Chief of Staff until 2012 when he was replaced by Lt Gen Frank Mushyo before taking over as Ambassador to Turkey.

Another notable figure who is retiring from the armed forces is Maj Gen Sam Kaka of the famous Alpha Mobile and Human Rights Commissioner.

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

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

ChimpReports understands the move followed a Cabinet meeting which resolved to retire the soldiers based on age.

The extraordinary meeting was chaired by President Paul Kagame at Urugwiro Village in Kigali last week.

Relying on powers entrusted to him by the Constitution, the president told cabinet he had authorized the retirement for 146 officers of the RDF and discharged five others for medical reasons.

Similar send-off ceremonies were conducted for Junior Officers and other Ranks in their respective Units.

Since 2013, officials revealed, this is the fourth time RDF retires its military personnel, in accordance with the RDF Special Statute.

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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