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EAC Militaries assemble for Peace Support Operations exercise

Nairobi, 21March 2016

East Africa Community Military, Police and Civilian Components  arrived at Embakasi Humanitarian Peace Support School, Nairobi, Kenya where they are conducting a two weeks military exercise codenamed” Ushirikiano Imara 2016”.

The Exercise Director, Maj Gen B Biwott from Kenya Defence Forces welcomed the contingents. He said the main pillar of this military exercise is cooperation as the word ushirikiano literally means. “We  are all of us meeting here as EAC partner states members to actualise what  Ushirikiano means and move further for the progress of  the region” Gen Biwott told the gathering. He further said that Ushirikiano also means that the military meet to know each other, share experiences and familiarise.

The welcome address was made in presence of the Exercise Head of Mission Mr Philip Githiora from Kenya and other dignitaries including EAC Secretariat Liaison Officers from EAC Partner States.

The EAC Command Post Exercise (CPX)”Ushirikiano Imara” is an exercise that is designed on Peace Support, Counter Terrorism, Counter Piracy and Disaster Management set up that brings together Military, Police and Civilian Components. The CPX is meant to practice military and stakeholders in planning and development of strategies for resolving of crisis in a given Peace Support Scenario.

The current exercise involves around 250 participants from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Rwanda is represented by a Contingent of 43 Military, Police and Civilians led by Brig Gen Vincent Gatama who is also the Exercise Chief Umpire.

The official opening for the exercise is scheduled on Thursday, 24th March 2016.  The Exercise runs to 4th April 2016. The EAC Ushirikiano Imara Military Exercise was previously held in Rwanda (2011), Burundi (2013), Uganda (2014) and Kenya this time around