Community-EAC member states are expected to use the ongoing joint field
training exercise, to steer means of joint operations within the region.
exercise dubbed “Ushirikiano Imara, 2022,” which is being conducted in the
three districts of Mayuge, Jinja, and Buikwe, has attracted 1,533 participants
from six EAC countries.
exercise, which was last conducted in Tanzania in 2018, is in fulfillment of Article 2 of the EAC’s protocol on cooperation in defense affairs.
participants comprised military personnel, police, prisons, and selected civilians.
contributed 362 participants, both Kenya and Tanzania have contributed 244
members each, Burundi with 227, Rwanda with 231, and South Sudan with 225 members.
The DRC, a new member of the EAC has assigned 10 observers to oversee the joint
process before fully embracing it.
director, Maj. Gen. Don Nabasa stresses that their joint training will foster
an opportunity for participating member states to brainstorm on the EAC
notes that members will share tips on joint operations while executing peace
support operations and fighting piracy within the EAC region.
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that participating countries will expedite the role of media in the successful
execution of peace support operations and related security attributes within
the EAC region.
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Karemire, the EAC’s Defence Liaison Officer says that the inclusion of DRC in
the EAC block is paramount in addressing the maritime security threats across
her border points shared with other EAC countries.
argues that the 10-member observatory team from the DRC is instrumental in
fostering ways of acquiring knowledge from the longtime EAC armed forces
participating countries, to improve the security wellbeing within their
country and the region as a whole.