Representatives from the different national armed forces within the
East African Community-EAC member states, alongside their counterparts from the
EAC secretariat, have camped at Jinja city based Source of the Nile hotel for a three
day conference with an aim of formulating modules that will foster a joint
Field Training Exercise -FTX 2020.
The FTX codenamed “Ushilikiano Imara,” was meant to be
hosted in Uganda late last year however, due to the increasing cases of
covid-19, it was postponed.
This year’s FTX will attract prisons officers, military,
police, immigration and select civilians from each of the partner states.
FTX exercises are rotationally hosted by each of the EAC
states after every two years.
This FTX aims at fostering collective participation of EAC
armed forces in tackling future threats to peace and stability within the
region. The delegates will also jointly share presentations on how to
effectively deal with terrorism, piracy, disaster management and how best
member states can jointly respond to peace support operations in the sub
While addressing journalists on Wednesday, Brig. B. Koril
of the Kenya armed forces, who is the chairman of this
FTX’s planning conference, has implored armed forces to continuously invest in
joint peacekeeping efforts, as the same increases security vigilance throughout
the EAC region.
Col. Raphael Kiptoo attached to EAC’s secretariat says that this FTX is a continuation of the post command exercise, which was held in Uganda
in 2019. Kiptoo says that the FTX will comprise of drills and other field
based physical exercises presided over by instructors from each of the partner states.
Kiptoo further stresses that both the planning meetings and
the FTX shall be conducted in complete adherence to the covid-19 standard
control protocols, so as control infections among the delegates.