Lt Gen Mubarakh Muganga promoted to General

On 20 December 2023 at 10:15

President Paul Kagame, in his capacity as the Commander-In-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), has promoted Lt Gen Mubarakh Muganga, the RDF Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), to the rank of General. This promotion was officially communicated through a statement released by RDF on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

Gen Mubarakh Muganga, 56, took over as the RDF Chief of Defence Staff in June this year, succeeding Gen Jean Bosco Kazura, who had held the position since 2019. Prior to his role as CDS, Gen Mubarakh Muganga had served as the Army Chief of Staff from June 2021.

Gen Muganga holds a Bachelor’s Degree (A0) in Public Administration.

With more than 30 years in the military, Gen Mubarakh Muganga served as 4th Division Commander from 2008-2012, 3ed Division Commander from 2013-2015, 1st Division Commander from 2016-2021 (and the Armed Forces Shop Board of Directors Chairman).

Gen Muganga has undertaken a series of military courses to enhance his knowledge and skills. These include the Cadet Officer Course, which he completed in 1988-1989 in Long, Jinja, Uganda. Additionally, he participated in the Grade 3 Staff Course at CSC Nyakinama, Rwanda.

In 2005, Gen Muganga attended the Command and Staff Course at the Defence Services Command and Staff College in Zambia. His pursuit of academic excellence led him to engage in Defense and Strategic Studies at the National Defense University of PLA, China, in 2012.

Further expanding his expertise, he took the Managing Defence in a Democracy Course in 2006 at the Peace Support Training Centre, Karen, Kenya. Subsequently, in 2007, he participated in the International Peace Support Operations, Senior Mission Leaders Course, and the International Symposium Course, held at the Peace Support Training Centre and the National University of China, respectively.

Gen Muganga’s professional development is also evident in his completion of the African Strategy Course in 2008 at Nasser Higher Military Academy, High War College-Cairo, Egypt. In 2012, he further honed his leadership skills through the Leadership Science & Strategic Management course at Tsinghua University, China. Finally, in 2016, he attended the African Cooperation for Decision Maker Course in Egypt.

Gen Mubarakh Muganga is a recipient of different awards including; National Liberation Medal, Campaign against Genocide Medal, Foreign Campaign Medal, Presidential Inauguration Medal; Combat Action Ribbon, Combat Service Ribbon and Community Service Ribbon.

Lt Gen Mubarakh Muganga has been promoted to General.