Kigali Rwandan President Paul Kagame has named a new Defence Minister, Gen. James Kabarebe, replacing Gen. Marcel Gatsinzi, in top-level military changes announced at the weekend. Mr Kagame named former Army Chief of Staff of the Land Forces, Lt. Gen. Charles Kayonga, as the new Chief of Defence Staff, a position Gen. Kabarebe has been holding since October 2002. According to the changes, Lt. Gen. Kayongat will be replaced by Maj. Gen. Caesar Kayizari as the land forces chief of staff. Gen. Gatsinzis new appointment is yet to be announced. Gen. Gatsinzi is formerly a member of the pre-genocide, Rwandan Armed Forces loyal to the late Juvenal Habyarimana. Gen. Gatsinzi has served as Minister of Defence since November 2002. In other changes, Lt. Gen. Charles Muhire was moved from the Air Force Chief of Staff to the Commander of Reserve Forces, while Maj. Joseph Damari was promoted to Colonel and appointed acting Air Force Chief of Staff. Lt. Col. Dan Munyuza was promoted to Colonel and appointed the J 2 of the RDF, while Maj. Gatete Karuranga was promoted to Lt. Col. and appointed Director General External Intelligence.