Lt Gen Musemakweli has been serving as the army’s Inspector General since 2019. He died last night as RDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Rwivanga confirmed to IGIHE.
Following the demise, RDF has released a statement explaining that Lt Gen Musemakweli died of natural disease and expressed condolences to the bereaved family.
“The Rwanda Defence Force is deeply saddened to announce the untimely death of Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli. He passed away on Thursday 11 February 2021 at the Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe following a natural death,” reads part of the statement.
“The Rwanda Defence Force extends its condolences and joins the family in grief during this sad moment. Communication regarding his funeral arrangements will be made later. Communication regarding his funeral arrangements will be made later. May his soul rest in peace,” adds the statement.
On 12th January 2018, President Paul Kagame and the Commander in Chief of RDF promoted Jacques Musemakweli from the rank of Major General to Lieutenant General.
Among others, Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli once served as the commander of the Republican Guards prior to his appointment as Army Chief of Staff in 2016.
At the time, he was at the rank of Major General. In April 2019, Lt. Gen. Jacques Musemakweli was appointed the Commander of Reserve Forces prior to 3rd February 2019 when he became RDF Inspector General.
He also served as the Chairman of APR FC from 2013 until January 2021. Lt Gen Musemakweli had taken post from Maj Gen Alex Kagame who was leaving for studies in China.
Lt Gen Musemakweli was recently replaced by Maj Gen Mubaraka Muganga to the position in January 2021.