Two More Rwandan Army officers Arrested

Rwandan Defense Forces are holding two more soldiers for allegedly sabotaging government and collaborating with enemy forces.

Rwandan soldiers
Rwandan soldiers

They are Colonel Tom Byabagamba, a serving army officer and Retired Captain David Kabuye. Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita, the Rwandan army spokesperson says the duo was picked up in a crack down on elements with bad intentions towards the Kigali government.

Joseph Nzabamwita says Byabagamba was arrested on Saturday while Kabuye was picked up mid last week.

The suspects are believed to have participated or aided the execution of criminal activities against the President Paul Kagame led government.

The arrest of the duo brings to three, the number of officers picked up with a space of 8 days.  Earlier on the Rwandan army picked up Brigadier General Frank Rusagara.

However, the Rwandan army is yet to explain the reasons behind the arrest of the general.

Rusagara is one of the 79 senior military officers who were retired from Rwanda Defense Forces-RDC in 2013 after serving in various top positions. It came after the Rwandan cabinet approved the retirement of 600 military officers, six of them generals.

The majority of the retired soldiers were amongst the last batch of the troops that formed the 1990 liberation struggle but had fallen out of favor with the regime.

According to sources, Brig Gen. Frank Rusagara is being held at Kanombe Barracks on accusations of sabotage and collaborating with enemies of the state.

Rusagara is a brother in-law to Dr. David Himbara, a former Kagame presidential advisor and close confidant. Rusagara worked as Rwanda’s Defense Attaché to the United Kingdom before his retirement.

He was also Permanent Secretary in the Rwandan Defence ministry after as serving as the Commandant of the Nyakinama Military College. He did his doctoral studies at the University of London.

He also holds an MA in International Security Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Makerere University, Kampala.

He was involved in the struggle for the liberation of Rwanda, and, after 1994, held several portfolios in policy formulation and implementation as a Senior Officer of the Government of Rwanda in the Ministry of Defence.

He is the author of the book; Resilience of a Nation: A History of the Military in Rwanda. The book attempts to tell the pre-colonial history as handed down in Rwandan traditional oral poetry through the generations.

It draws from other research, but largely from the poems, which describe every aspect of the traditional culture that was socially organized around the military. He is married to Christine Rusagara with 2 daughters and 3 sons.

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