Maj Gen. Fred Gisa Rwigema (‘Imanzi’)

Born on April 10, 1957 in Mukiranze village Kamonyi District in the Southern Province and he died on October 2nd, 1990 on the second day of the Rwanda Patriotic Army liberation war.

History about him
His parents were Anastasi Kimonyo and Gatarina Mukandilima. Rwigema and his family fled to Uganda and settled in Nshungerezi refugee camp in the 1960’s following the 1959 Genocide against Tutsis. On June 20, 1987, he married Jeannette Urujeni and they were blessed with two children: Junior Gisa and Teta Gisa.

In 1974, he went to Tanzania and joined the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA), a rebel group headed by Yoweri Museveni.
Later in 1976, he travelled to Mozambique and joined the FRELIMO rebels who were fighting for the Mozambican liberation against the Portuguese colonial power.

In 1981, 27 soldiers including Rwigema and President Paul Kagame and Ugandan President Kaguta Museveni started a liberation struggle against the then regime of Uganda President Milton Obote.

Rwigema helped the National Resistance Army (NRA) capture state power in 1986 and was appointed the Ugandan Deputy Minister of Defence.

He was regularly at the front line in northern Uganda during the government’s offensive against remnants of the ousted regime. He attained several positions in the Ugandan army such as Deputy Army Commander and Overall Operations Commander.

His contribution to Rwanda
Rwigema is remembered for being among those who greatly inspired the Rwandan refugees in Uganda to liberate their country and on October 1, 1990 he spearheaded Rwanda’s liberation struggle. He was shot at the front line.

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