Brigadier General Frank Rusagara Arrested

A senior Rwandan army officer, Brigadier General Frank Rusagara, has been arrested.

Brigadier General Frank Rusagara
Brigadier General Frank Rusagara

Rusagara retired from the Rwanda Defence Forces last year after serving in many top positions of the Paul Kagame Led government.

He was among 79 senior military officers who were in 2013 retired from Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF).

The Rwandan Cabinet on October 23, 2013 approved the retirement of 600 military officers, 79 of them in senior positions, including six generals.

The majority of the retirees formed the last of the pioneers of the liberation struggle in the 1990s who had fallen out of favour in recent years.

Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita says Rusagara has been arrested but he does not give the reasons behind the arrest.

Although the Rwandan Government does not reveal the reasons behind the General’s arrest, reliable sources indicate that Brig Gen. Frank Rusagara is being held at the Kanombe Barracks on accusations of sabotage, collaborating with what the Kigali regime calls the enemy.

On several occasions Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been quoted vowing to deal with people perceived to be enemies of his government. Rusagara is the brother in-law of Dr. David Himbara, a former Kagame presidential advisor and close confidant.

Those opposed to the Kagame regime say that it is not a surprise to have Rusagara arrested since most of his relatives have fallen out with Kagame.

Rusagara worked as Rwanda’s Defence Attaché to the United Kingdom before his retirement. He was also Permanent Secretary in the Rwandan Defence ministry after as serving as the Commandant of the Nyakinama Military College.

He did his doctoral studies at the University of London. He also holds an MA in International Security Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Makerere University, Kampala.

He was involved in the struggle for the liberation of Rwanda, and, after 1994, held several portfolios in policy formulation and implementation as a Senior Officer of the Government of Rwanda in the Ministry of Defence.

He is the author of the book; Resilience of a Nation: A History of the Military in Rwanda. The book attempts to tell the pre-colonial history as handed down in Rwandan traditional oral poetry through the generations.

It draws from other research, but largely from the poems, which describe every aspect of the traditional culture that was socially organized around the military.

He is married to Christine Rusagara with 2 daughters and 3 sons.

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