Lt. General Charles Muhire, the former chief of staff of the airforce was this Wednesday released after being suspended and detained for the past one year for alleged corruption and misuse of office. In a press statement this Thursday, Lt. Colonel Jules Rutaremara, the Defence and Military spokesman said Muhire had been released following a disciplinary sentence.
Rutaremara added that Muhire had apologized to the Rwandese Defence Forces (RDF) leadership and that his apology had been accepted. Efforts by Contact FM to speak to Rutaremara were futile as he didn’t answer our repeated calls.
Lt. General Muhire together with Major General Karenzi Karake were suspended and put under house arrest in April last year over various offences.
The army had accused Karake, the former deputy head of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan of misconduct. On November 17, Karake was released after being pardoned by military authorities.
Later last year, the army said it had relocated Muhire from his home where he was being held to Kanombe military police barracks.
However, none of the men was charged in a military court or prosecuted over the said charges.