Dar-Es-Salaam, 15 December 2017
The regional military exercise codenamed “Ushirikiano Imara” 2017 that brought together about 250 military, police and civilians from the five East Africa Community (EAC) namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda has been officially closed on 15 December in Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam in the United Republic of Tanzania.
The RDF Chief of Defence Staff was represented by Lt Gen Fred Ibingira, the Reserve Force Chief of Staff. He met and congratulated the Rwandan contingent after visiting their command post established in Kundunchi.
During the official closing ceremony presided over by the Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Augustine Philip Mahiga congratulated the participants for exhibiting high level of professionalism and commitment in joining global effort to find solutions to emerging security challenges. He pointed out international terrorism as one of the most challenges the world has ever faced and that needs concerted efforts.
“We are fully informed that the international terrorism is one of the most serious challenges that the world has ever faced with the increasing porous borders, transnational political causes and asymmetrical threats to regular and traditional state defence capabilities, the problems seems to take a more complicated shift while in the past wars were fought with the Army, with the understandable framework of the Armed Forces”, he explained to the audience.
He added that today, everyone with access to the internet or any gadget can cause havoc. “This alert us on significance of concerted effort of all partners to peace through sharing experience, intelligence gathering and working together to swat the crimes”, Dr Augustine Philip Mahiga told EAC CPX participants at the closing ceremony of the two week long regional military exercise.
The Peacekeeping planning Mission Exercise, according to the Exercise Director, Maj Gen Yakub H Mohamed has achieved its objectives. The joint exercise was meant to practice Mission Headquarter, combined joint task force and Contingents in planning and developing strategies and conduct activities necessary to resolve a crisis. The Exercise Director reported that the participants were trained on the planning and conduct of Peace Support operations, Counter terrorism, Counter piracy and disaster management in a multinational and multidimensional set up. “All set objectives of the exercise have been achieved”, he confidently reported.
In the just concluded regional exercise, Rwanda was represented by 39 personnel from RDF, Police and Civilians. Rwanda hosted similar exercise in 2011 in Musanze District at RDF Command and Staff College.