Rwanda: Ex-FDLR Senior Officer Jerome Ngendahimana named Deputy Commander of Reserve Force
Kigali: On April 22, barely a week after the Reserve Force Commander Lt. Gen. Charles Muhire was suspended and arrested, the new Force has new commanders including an ex-FDLR senior officer who surrendered in 2003.
Major General Fred Ibingira who was 1st Division commander based in the eastern province, has been promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Commander of the Reserve Force.
Ex-FDLR rebel Brig. Gen. Jerome Ngendahimana has been promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed Deputy Commander of the Reserve Force.
Maj. Gen. Ngendahimana has been a senior aide to former army chief, now Defense Minister Gen. James Kabarebe. He is said to have been instrumental in army operations last year in DR Congo against his former solders, the FDLR militia.
Gen. Ngendahimana and other ex-FDLR chief Maj Gen. Paul Rwarakabije, along with dozens of soldiers surrendered to Rwandan forces in 2003.
Rwarakabije is now vice-president of the demobilization and reintegration commission – which has helped tens of thousands of combatants to put down their arms.
Gen. Ngendahimana, for his part, was the vice-chair of the so called Mucyo Commission which carried out a damning probe into France’s role in the 1994 Genocide. The two-year investigation and subsequent report ended into Paris and Kigali reconciling last November.