KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has discharged 817
personnel on various grounds.
A statement from the
ministry of defense released on Monday night shows that those
discharged include 369 career officers, 378 military personnel
who concluded their service contracts with the RDF, and 70
others who were discharged on medical grounds.
This is the fifth
time of such discharge since 2013, done in accordance with the
RDF Special Statute.
Among the retirees
include former Rwanda’s spy master, lieutenant general Karenzi
Karake, major general Jack Nziza and brig general John Gashayija
Minister of Defence
James Kabarebe who presided over the discharge ceremony
commended the retiring military personnel for their valued
contribution in the liberation of Rwanda and stopping the
genocide against the Tutsi.
“On behalf of the
Commander-in-Chief, I wish to extend the gratitude and
appreciation to those who are retiring today for their
selflessness in the liberation struggle and contribution to the
process of developing their country,” Kabarebe said in the
He urged the
officers and men to use their experience and expertise to
continue supporting the nation in whatever they will be engaged
“The country still
needs your support and experience to develop,” Kabarebe told the
Karake who spoke on
behalf of the retiring officers thanked the RDF leadership,
Rwandan President and RDF Commander-in-Chief Paul Kagame in
particular, for advice and enduring values in their journey of
“We are retired but
not tired, we have had the honor to be part of a force that the
Chairman of the High Command, and we have had the honor of
serving under a very able, visionary and respectable leadership.
It’s now the time to hang up our uniform, roll up the sleeves of
our new dress and begin playing the role of a responsible
citizen while keeping in mind our reserve responsibilities,” he
ceremonies were conducted for junior officers in their
respective units, according to the statement.