Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rwanda's Army chief trained in Nigeria as a Ugandan cadet



RWANDA'S ARMY CHIEF TRAINED IN NIGERIAN AS A UGANDAN CADET

CHANGE OF GUARDS - Rwanda's Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba started his military career in Uganda as a member of the NRA in the mid 1980s.

He was among the batch of NRA that trained as Cadets in Nigeria and graduated around 1988. In 1990 he left the NRA to return to Rwanda with the RPF. He held various command positions during the RPF's four year war. Even after capturing power, he advanced his career to various command responsibilities.

During the first round of the NRA and RPF clash in Kisangani, Nyamvumba was the Sector Commander of the RPF forces in Kisangani. He gave UPDF's Gen. Kazini a bloody nose. The joint Gen. Jeje Odong and Gen. Nyamwasa probe recommended that both Gen. Kazini and then Col. Nyamvumba be withdrawn from Kisangani. Rwanda complied and Nyamvumba was withdrawn but Museveni retained Gen. Kazini in Kisangani and the rest is history.

Most intriguing is the fact that the Ugandans he trained with in Nigeria as Cadet Officers can't be traced. Their military careers were suffocated as usual. One such army officer was a young man from Bushenyi who was chased from the army with disgrace. He had been based in Masaka under then Lt. Col. Kazini and around 1993 following the assassination of President Ndadaye in Burundi, Museveni sought to strengthen his close security protection. Some Tanks were moved from Masaka to State House. The said Officer took a raid on one of such tanks and Kazini alleged that the officer was up to some mischief and was summarily dismissed.

At the time Col. Nyamvumba was giving Gen. Kazini a bloody nose in Kisangani, the said officer was working with a private security company, Saracen and was In-charge of the security of Gen. Saleh's Lebanese gold dealers in Congo. Patrick Nyamvumba excelled in his military career holding various command positions both at home and with the UN Peace Keeping missions. He is now the army chief of Rwanda's RPF. In Uganda, it is only those that were recruited by the first son, Gen. Muhoozi and those with connection to State House who advance in military service.

So is the world.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM



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