The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) Chief of Defence Staff Gen Patrick Nyamvumba has commissioned new soldiers into the military after one year training at the Basic Military Training Centre – Nasho in Kirehe District, bordering Tanzania.
The soldiers have a range of skills which they displayed to their Commander including martial arts and rare skills at using arms.
Gen Nyamvumba told the soldiers at the release event yesterday March 29 that he was “impressed” by the skills they showed.
“You are in the footsteps of patriotism and heroism,” said Gen Nyamvumba. “You have to be ambassadors of RDF throughout your service and always remember that RDF’s values, mission, loyalty to the country and your comrades come before your personal interests. RDF has always survived on ideological clarity, nationalism, patriotism, and strategic relationship with the people, hence its uniqueness.”
Gen Nyamvumba told the young soldiers that they are privileged to join a force that is renowned for having stopped the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and currently ensuring the security of Rwandans as well as contributing to the development of this country.
In 1994, from 1990, it was a rebel army called the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA). It remained with the same name for some few years after the genocide.
The Chief of Defence Staff also said the soldiers need to maintain discipline in order to continue the struggle to ensure peace and security in the country.
The number of the soldiers was no communicated in the RDF statement which announced the enrolled soldiers.