Kagame: Rwanda is Ready for War if Imposed on Us

President Paul Kagame has emphasised Rwanda military’s preparedness for war as the country grapples with serious security threats, Chimp Corps report.Militants hiding in Nyungwe forest that straddles the Rwanda-Burundi border have in recent weeks carried out attacks in Nyaruguru District (105 kms from the capital Kigali) inside Rwanda.

Covering over 1,000 square kilomtres, the Nyungwe rainforest is located in southwestern Rwanda, at the border with Burundi, to the south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the West.

Kagame listening to speeches at the event

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of cadet officers at Rwanda Military Academy, Kagame said Rwanda Defence Force is ready for war.

“You are given the training and knowledge to protect the sovereignty of our nation, to fight wars and keep Rwandans safe,” said Kagame, emphasizing, “It is an important responsibility.”

The President, whose rebel outfit, RPF, came to power in 1994 by force of arms, added: “RDF is trained and prepared to fight wars but not to start them with others.”

“But if others make us their problem and choose to start a war with us, that is when we use judgment, determination and training to fight and finish it for them,” said Kagame.

Officers at the military parade

Rwanda’s military has fought in several wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently involved in the stabilisation mission in the Central African Republic.

Kagame’s speech comes at time when Rwanda’s relations with most of its immediate neighbors especially Burundi are strained.

Officers at the military parade

Rwanda’s military has fought in several wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently involved in the stabilisation mission in the Central African Republic.

Kagame’s speech comes at time when Rwanda’s relations with most of its immediate neighbors especially Burundi are strained.

Rwanda Police Force recently said an armed gang “attacked through Nyungwe forest from Burundi and they fled back in the same direction,” adding, “This is a similar incident that occurred in the same district less than two weeks ago.”

Rwandan authorities believe dissident General Kayumba Nyamwasa has been training a force of thousands of fighters in Southern Kivu, DRC, to topple President Kagame.

But Kayumba, through his party, Rwanda National Congress (RNC), has dismissed the claims as baseless.

He also maintains RNC has no intention of seizing power by force of arms.

Addressing the cadet officers on Friday, Kagame said the profession they have chosen is a “great one – one you should be proud of. You can build your country and yourself the way the country and you deserve.”

Congratulating them on successfully completing their training, Kagame told the soldiers that, “All of those who join RDF are trained to face the challenges of the times we are in, including unexpected ones.”

The ceremony was graced by Rwanda military’s top brass including Defence Minister Gen James Kabarebe and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.

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