Paul Kagame appoints son Ian to presidential guard shifting his succession a gear higher

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Rwandese president Paul Kagame’s Ian Gasana has joined his father’s close protection unit just six months after he graduated from a top military academy in the United Kingdom.

Ian who is a second lieutenant at the Rwanda Defence Forces is also an intelligence officer within the presidential guard. He appeared for the first time providing protection to his father at the annual prayer day in Kigali yesterday.

It is speculated that Lieutenant Ian is being prepared to take over from his father who was allowed to extend his term to 2034 through a 2015 referendum.

President paul kagame poses with his son ian after his graduation from a military school in the uk last year

Kagame, 58, has been president since 2000 but has been effective in control since his rebel force marched into Kigali in 1994 to end a genocide.

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He has three other children; Ivan, Brian and Ange but it is only Ian who who is in the military. In August last year he graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is one of the most prestigious military academies in the UK, where all officers in the British Army are trained.

President kagame at yesterdays national prayer day in kigali with his son ian keeping a close watch in the background

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) shared the photos of Ian, Park Udahemuka, and David Nsengiyumva, who completed their course and were commissioned to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, at a ceremony held on August 12.

A video shared by the prestigious academy showed President Kagame and the First Lady, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, arriving for the academy’s sovereign parade mounted by the cadets as the national anthem ‘Rwanda Nziza’ was played by the band.

The president was accorded a guard of honour before joining other parents in the celebration.

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