Amid threat of of coup ravaging African countries, Rwanda President, Paul Kagame, has approved the retirement of 95 military generals and senior officers as well as 930 junior soldiers.
In a statement published on the official website of the Rwanda Defense Force, President Kagame approved the retirement of several RDF generals, including senior presidential advisor on security matters, James Kabarebe.
The senior military officers also include Fred Ibingira, Charles Kayonga, Frank Mushyo Kamanzi, Martin Nzaramba, Eric Murokore, Augustin Turagara, Charles Karamba, Albert Murasira, Chris Murari, Didace Ndahiro, and Emmanuel Ndahiro.
The statement read in part: “The president has also approved also approved the retirement of 83 Senior Officials, 86 Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, 6 Junior Officers, 678 end-of-contract retirements, 160 soldiers who were discharged on medical grounds.”
Although local media said some of the officers had attained the retirement age of 65 while others were indicted in some misconduct, DIPLOMATIC DIARY reports that the action is coming amid ravaging military coup in Africa.
On Wednesday, military officers in Gabon sacked President Ali Bongo Ondimba following a disputed elections on Saturday.
The coup in Gabon was the latest in a series of military coups that have seen democratically elected leaders removed from the seat of power in Niger Republic, Mali, Sudan, Burkina Faso, and Guinea-Bissau.
Similarly, Cameroon President Paul Biya, has reshuffle the military with new appointments.
An official document coming from the president’s Twitter handle carried out this instruction.