Rwandan President Paul Kagame sacks 244 soldiers
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The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame is reported to have sacked about 244 soldiers, including senior military officers.

According to sources, Major General Aloys Muganga, commander of the army’s mechanised division, and Brigadier General Francis Mutiganda are among the top 16 officers who were sacked.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame sacks 244 soldiers
Rwandan President Paul Kagame sacks 244 soldiers

Another 228 soldiers of other ranks were also dismissed. There was no reason given for their dismissal per the statement, released by the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) in the early hours on Wednesday.

The move comes a day after Mr Kagame reshuffled top military officers, firing a defence minister and army chief at the same time and announcing their replacements – uncommon in Rwanda.

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Gen Muganga is a graduate of US War College and served as commander of reserve forces from 2018 to 2019.

Gen Mutiganda had been head of external security in the National Intelligence and Security Services (Niss) until 2018 when Mr Kagame redeployed him to RDF headquarters.

The reshuffle and sacking come at a time of heightened tension between Rwanda and neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, each side accusing the other of working with rebels to topple one another’s governments.

By Queen Xorlali is a news, entertainment and travel blog

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