Rwanda Fires Army Intelligence Head, Names Chief of Staff

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame removed his head of military intelligence and named a new chief of staff for the East African nation’s armed forces.

Major General Richard Rutatina’s dismissal was announced in a statement on the Defense Ministry’s website. It gave no reason for the move and didn’t say who will replace him. Major General Jacques Musemakweli was appointed army chief of staff, with immediate effect, the ministry said.

Rutatina became army intelligence chief in 2011 after serving as Kagame’s defense and security adviser, according to the Kigali-based New Times newspaper. He was among four army officers temporarily suspended in 2012 over allegations they were involved in business dealings in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

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