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Kagame promotes four senior RDF officers, appoints NISS Deputy Secretary General

By IGIHE
On 19 June 2021 at 06:17

President Paul Kagame and Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has promoted four senior military officers to the rank of colonel.

These include Lieutenant Colonel Jean Paul Nyirubutama promoted to Colonel and appointed Deputy Secretary General of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Other officers promoted to the rank of Colonel include RDF Spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Rwivanga, Lt Col Callixte Kalisa and Lt Col Francis Ngabo Sebicundanyi.

Col Nyirubutama who has been appointed Deputy Secretary General of NISS is among 47 officers who recently graduated at RDF Command and Staff College in Nyakinama where he emerged the overall best student.

Col Nyirubutama held different positions including Deputy CEO of RwandAir and and first advisor in Rwanda’s Embassy to South Africa.

Col Kalisa is currently serving as the Director General in the Ministry of Defense of Rwanda (MOD) in charge of coordinating all Ministries’ Agencies including ZIGAMA CSS. He was appointed to this position in July 2016, after working as the Director of Finance in the same Ministry for 8 Years (July 2009-2016).

As experienced banker, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of ZIGAMA CSS in November 2011 where he served as Non-Executive Director and cumulated the functions of Head of Management, Asset and Liability Committee, Head of Credit Sub-Committee and Member of Executive Committee and serves as the Vice Chairman of ZIGAMA CSS Board among others.

Col Kalisa is the Vice Chairperson of the Board of MOD Complementary Pension Scheme (12 January 2017) and Board Member of Armed Forces Shop since 19 January 2018.

Col Rwivanga is the spokesperson of RDF since December 2020. He replaced Lt Col Innocent Munyengango who had served in the same capacity since 2017.

Prior to his appointment, Col Rwivanga was Course Coordinator at the RDF Senior Command and Staff College based in Musanze District.

He was also chief editor of the Warrior Magazine, a publication of the Command and Staff College.

Among others, Col Rwivanga served as an exchange military lecturer with the East African Community where he worked as directing staff at the Tanzania People’s Defence College Command and Staff College based in Arusha, Tanzania.

He once served in the Republican Guard Unit of the RDF where he headed the operations and training department.

Col Ngabo is also among officers who recently graduated at RDF Command and Staff College in Nyakinama where he emerged the second overall best student and awarded for his best college research paper.

According to a statement released on Friday 18th June 2021 by RDF, the promotions and appointment take immediate effect.

RDF Spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Rwivanga has been promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Lieutenant Colonel Jean Paul Nyirubutama has been promoted to Colonel and appointed Deputy Secretary General of NISS.
Lt Col Ngabo has been promoted to Colonel. He recently graduated at RDF Command and Staff College in Nyakinama where he emerged the second overall best student.
Lt Col Kalisa is among officers promoted to the rank of Colonel.

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