KIGALI - PRESIDENT Paul Kagame carried out major changes in the military and named Gen. James Kabarebe as the new Minister of Defence replacing Gen. Marcel Gatsinzi.
Kabarebe has been the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF).
Former Army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Charles Kayonga is now the new CDS and will be replaced as head of the land forces by Maj. Gen. Caesar Kayizari.
Air Force Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Charles Muhire was made the Commander of Reserve Force while Maj. Joseph Damari was promoted to Colonel and appointed acting Air Force Chief of Staff.
Lt. Col. Dan Munyuza was promoted to Colonel and is now the J 2 of the RDF, whereas Maj. Gatete Karuranga was promoted to Lt. Col. and appointed Director General External Intelligence.
Brigadier General Jack Musemakweri becomes head of J5.