Rwanda's Kagame And Cameroon's Biya Make Major Changes To Military Leadership Shortly After Gabon Coup

Rwanda's Kagame And Cameroon's Biya Make Major Changes To Military Leadership Shortly After Gabon Coup

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame has made major changes to his military on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
  • Cameroon's long-serving president Paul Biya has taken a similar decision as announced on Twitter, now X
  • The reshuffles in Cameroon and Rwanda came a day after the military in Gabon overthrew President Ali Bongo

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Rwanda and Cameroon have both made changes to military leadership a day after the military in Gabon seized power from President Ali Bongo and annulled elections that gave him a third term.

In Rwanda, the defence force has retired 12 generals and holders of other ranks in a move to change the set-up of the military.

In Cameroon, President Paul Biya has made major changes to his Ministry of Defence.

Rwanda's Paul Kagame and Cameroon's Paul Biya make major changes to the military.
Paul Kagame (L) and Paul Biya. Source: Facebook/@Biya2018, @PresidentPaulKagame
Source: Facebook

For many, the changes in both Rwanda and Cameroon were in response to the Gabon coup, the latest in a series of military takeovers in Africa.

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12 army chiefs retired in Rwanda

On Twitter, Rwanda Defence Force (@RwandaMoD) announced the reshuffle as follows:

"Today, the CDS RDF Lt Gen M Muganga held meetings with HE Hazza AlQahtani, Ambassador of UAE to Rwanda and Colonel JE ACHU, Defence Attaché of Cameroon. They discussed ways to enhance defence cooperation between their respective countries."

Paul Kagame has been in power since 2000. He is considered one of the continent’s longest-serving leaders. In 2015 the Rwandan constitution was amended in a way that enables him to stay in power until 2034.

Biya announces reshuffle in his defence ministry

A statement from Biya on Wednesday announced changes in Cameroon’s defence ministry.

“Decree appointing officials to the Ministry of Defence,” he wrote on Twitter.

One of the changes Paul Biya has made was the delegate to the presidency in charge of defence, navy, police, and air force staff.

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The Cameroonian president began his reign in 1982 after a coup.

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Meanwhile, has reported in a separate story that Gabon has become the eighth African country to come under military rule in the 21st century as some army officers announced the taking over of power on Wednesday morning.

The development followed the announcement of the outcome of Saturday's election, where President Ali Bongo was announced the winner of the poll for the third term.

Bongo's family has been ruling the country for 53 years, he took over from his father after he spent 40 years ruling the country.

Military leaders in Gabon name General Brice Oligui Nguema as transitional president

Also, has reported that the military leaders in Gabon have taken a major action that has further changed the system of government in the Central African nation.

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The Gabon junta on Wednesday, August 30, named General Brice Oligui Nguema as the transition leader.

The military leaders on Wednesday, seized control of power in the wake of the elections that ousted President Bongo and secured a third term.

Akufo-Addo says coups are not solutions to Africa’s political and economic problems

Nana Akufo-Addo has said in the past that coups are not the solution to Africa’s political and economic problems.

The president has thus called on the international community to help send a clear decisive statement to coup plotters on the African continent.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, in Germany, on Friday, 17th February 2024, he said Africa has gained notoriety for coups which is very worrying.

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