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“We Tighten Security, Cooperation in EAC will be Observed,” says PS of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kenya

The East African Community military, police and civilian components concluded on 30 March 2016 at Embakasi military barracks in Nairobi, Kenya an integrated military exercise codenamed Ushirikiano Imara.

The aim of the Exercise was for participants to practice in the planning and conduct of Peace Support Operations, Disaster Management, Counter terrorism and Counter piracy in order to enhance the capacity of the regional forces in combating contemporary emerging security challenges in the region.

While addressing participants at the closing ceremony attended by political leaders and Chiefs of Defence Forces from the EAC Partner States, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, Permanent Secretary for the Kenyan Ministry of Defence congratulated all participants for making the exercise a success.

"The lessons learnt will one day pay evidence when we will be required to address emerging security challenges in our region as one nation", he declared. He further said that security is the lead pillar in the pursuit of the EAC spirit of cooperation and full integration, and called for continued training engagement among EAC military forces.

In his keynote address, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Charles Njoroge declared “the EAC Military Exercise is a living testimony that EAC integration is moving towards greater heights and the event offered concrete hope and prospects for future integration for the people of East Africa”.

During the closing ceremony, Rwanda was represented by Ambassador James Kimonyo, High Commissioner for Rwanda to Kenya and Brig Gen Charles Karamba, the RDF Air Force Chief of Staff.

The EAC Military Exercise brought together 250 participants, with Rwanda represented by 43 military, police and civilian component led by Brig Gen Vincent Gatama. The Command Post Exercise shall be followed by a Field Training Exercise to further train the forces in near future and to take place in Kenya as well.

By Robert Muriisa via RDF.

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