President Paul Kagame has promoted Fred Ibingira and Jacques Musemakweli to the rank of general and lieutenant general, respectively.
Ibingira, the chief of staff, Reserve Force, and Musemakweli, the chief of staff, Land Forces, were until yesterday at the rank of lieutenant general and major general, respectively.
Kagame, the Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Forces, also promoted 12 brigadier generals to the rank of major general, according to a statement signed by Lt. Col. Innocent Munyengango, the Defence and Military Spokesperson.
They include Charles Karamba, Eric Murokore, Emmy Ruvusha, Emmanuel Bayingana and Joseph Nzabamwita.
Others are Andrew Kagame, Charles Rudakubana, Aloys Muganga, Ferdinand Safari, Albert Murasira, Jean-Jacques Laurent Mupenzi and Innocent Kabandana.
Also promoted are six colonels who are now brigadier generals. They are John Bosco Ngiruwonsanga, John Bosco Rutikanga, Vincent Nyakarundi, Francis Mutiganda, Fred Muziraguharara and Willy Rwagasana.
Fourteen lieutenant colonels were also elevated to the rank of colonel, while 68 officers were promoted from the rank of major to lieutenant colonel.
Seventy-nine officers moved up from the rank of captain to major, eleven officers were promoted from lieutenant to captain, while 457 second lieutenants moved up to lieutenant.
A number of non-commissioned officers were also promoted in their respective categories, the statement added.