The UPDF Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi has tasked
East African Community member states to advocate for joint military operations
which he says will strengthen security efforts within the region.
Presiding over the launch of 12th edition of East African command post exercise
code-named “Ushirikiano Imara 2019,” Muhoozi argues that, the region is facing
modern time insecurity challenges like illegal infiltration of small firearms
and terrorism which should be jointly handled by all the partner states.
This years’ exercise has attracted 60 participants from the countries of
Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Kenya, whereas first-timers, South Sudan
presented 13 participants.
The exercise is at aimed promoting security cohesion among east African
community partner states ahead of peace support operations.
Muhoozi stresses that the participants will take advantage of the exercise
their different potentials in jointly tackling the security challenges within
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He adds that the region is prioritizing security of its citizen and it can only
secure its borders through joint military operations and information sharing.
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Col. Gerald Butera, the representative of the EAC secretary says that the joint
command post exercises improves operationality and the lessons learnt have been
instrumental in handling peace support operations through the African Union Mission
in Somalia (AMISOM).