Rwanda Retires 12 Generals as Cameroon Reshuffles Officers

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In what is believed to be a reaction to the recent coup in Niger and Gabon, the Rwandan and Cameroonian governments have reshuffled their military.

According to a Rwandan national newspaper, News Times, the Federal Government approved the retirement of 12 generals and several officers. The retirement was announced on Wednesday, August 30, in a statement issued by Rwanda Defence Force.

Among those retired are two four-star generals: James Kabarebe and Fred Ibingira, as well as two three-star generals: Charles Kayonga and Frank Mushyo Kamanzi. Kabarebe and Kayonga have formally served as Chief of Defence Staff of Rwanda Defence Force; while the other two are former service chiefs.

The statement partly reads, “The President has also approved the retirement of 83 senior officers, six junior officers and 86 senior noncommissioned officers, 678 whose contracts ended and 160 medical discharges.”

Cameroon was not left out as President Paul Biya is said to have also reshuffled the military with new appointments as a reaction to the recent occurrence in Niger and Gabon..

A statement written in french, the country’s official language, and signed by Biya has been circulated on X, formerly known as Twitter.

When translated, the statement announced new appointments to the Controle Generale des Armees. The new controllers are Captain Ajeagah Njei Félix, Colonel and Colonel Nguema Ondo Bertin Bourger. New positions of Technical Advisers, Bureau Commissariat and Air Force Technical Inspector were also appointed.

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