Kigali, 26 July 2018
The ongoing Twenty fourth EASF Ordinary Policy Meetings continued today with the Regional Chiefs of Defence Staff meeting today at Marriot Hotel in Kigali with a view to discuss ways and means to have a strong and operational Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), a regional intergovernmental organisation whose mandate is to enhance peace and security in the Eastern Africa region.
The EASF was established in 2004 to provide a standby capability for rapid deployment and it has attained full operational capability in December 2014 meaning that it can now undertake intervention missions. The EASF comprises of 10 Member States namely Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.
This extraordinary meeting of Chiefs of Defence Staff is part of the 24th Ordinary EASF Policy Organs meetings; the Experts Working Group meeting that took place on 24-25 July; the Committee of Chiefs of Defence and Security meeting on 26 July and the Council of Ministers of Defence and Security meeting on 27 July 2018. These meetings will be concluded on Saturday 28 July 2018 with a special Umuganda in Gikomero sector, Gasabo District.
While opening the extraordinary meeting of Chiefs of Defence Staff the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba said that “Many challenges continue to lie ahead in our region and the continent as a whole. Conflicts in Horn of Africa, South Sudan and Central African Republic have continued for a long time. The nature of violence is changing and evolving pretty fast, involving an array of non-state actors. We must also review our response to these changes in order to make peace on this continent. I urge you to spare no effort in your discussions to come up with well thought out recommendations”, he said.
The meeting of Chiefs of Defence Staff was preceded by the Experts Working Group meeting that took place in Kigali from 24 to 25 July 2017.