Rwanda Retires 12 Generals, 1,013 Military Officers

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, has approved the retirement of 95 military generals and senior officers as well as 930 junior soldiers.

This is coming barely 48 hours after the military coup that sacked President Ali Bongo from power in Gabon.

The Nation reported that the military in Gabon on Wednesday, August 30, ousted Ali Bongo Ondimba from the presidency following the results of the 2023 Gabonese general election.

The coup in Gabon was the latest in a series of military coups that have seen democratically elected leaders removed from the seat of power in Niger Republic, Mali, Sudan, Burkina Faso, and Guinea-Bissau.

According to a statement published on the Rwanda Defense Force’s official website on Wednesday, President Paul Kagame approved the retirement of several RDF generals, including senior presidential advisor on security matters, James Kabarebe.