A selected team of Uganda People’s Defense
Forces-UPDF officers are set to benefit from training in handling big machines
and engineering skills by 22 officers from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
Ambassador to Uganda, Kazuaki Kameda launched the three month’s training at the
Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center-URDCC in Jinja district on Monday.
The training is part of the triangular partnership project-TPP for rapid
deployment of enabling capabilities.
The TPP project is a United
Nations initiative formed in 2015 with an aim strengthening the capabilities of
peace support troop contributing countries.
The initiative comprises five
countries namely Japan, Israel, Brazil, Switzerland, and Uganda who share both
training skills and equipment in preparation of successful peace support
Kameda says Japan has extended aid worth US$ 70 million to different African countries
with the aim of purchasing heavy road machinery and offering training skills.
disclosed that over 192 Japanese instructors have trained 300 engineers from
the different peace support contributing countries and believes that such
training will boost the UPDF capability.
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Kameda further says that Uganda is the largest peace support troop contributing
country in East Africa and needs engineering training so as to standout as an
all round force in tackling emergencies.
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Kayemba, the UPDF’s military Attaché at Uganda's Permanent Mission to the
United Nations, said Uganda has resolved to offer soldiers for peace support
missions without a caveat.
He said in so doing, the force can freely contribute
to other community needs like road construction in war ravaged areas in pursuit
of stability without consulting UPDF.
Kayemba argues that peace support operations involve very many preparation
activities like setting up a camp and access roads among others, which warrants
a well-trained engineering department to handle such tasks.