Rwandan contingent leaves for EAC military exercise in Tanzania

03Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Rwandan contingent leaves for EAC military exercise in Tanzania

A CONTINGENT of 39 personnel from Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), Rwanda National Police and civilians led by Brig Gen Aloys Muganga left Kigali yesterday for a two-week East African Community (EAC) military exercise in Dar es Salaam.

The Command Post Exercise (CPX) codenamed ‘CPX Ushirikiano Imara 2017’ is scheduled from Monday (tomorrow).

According to organisers, the aim of the exercise is to engage the EAC Partner States’ armed forces and other key stakeholders in the planning and conduct of an integrated peace support operation, disaster management, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy in order to improve capabilities in jointly combating complex security challenges.

The exercise will improve readiness, interoperability and strengthen cooperation between the EAC Partner States’ armed forces and key stakeholders among other objectives.

In a statement, the Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Maj Gen Jacques Musemakweli urged the contingent to be good ambassadors of Rwanda by demonstrating high discipline.

“You have to uphold a high level of discipline as is the RDF culture. You should be professional and innovative in all the duties you will be exercising,” he told the contingent at Kami Barracks yesterday.

He also advised the contingent to work as a team and share experiences with other foreign counterparts from EAC armed forces Partner States.

About 240 military, police and civilians from five EAC member countries, namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, will participate in the Command Post Exercise Ushirikiano Imara 2017.