The United States of America (USA) through the United States Army University
of Special Operations have organized a one-week training of selected UPDF
officers in civil-military cooperation-CIMIC.
The training dubbed CIMIC course level III is being conducted at the Uganda
rapid deployment capability centre within Jinja district.
The Officers are being equipped with skills in observance of human
rights of children, women, journalists and other special groups during peace
support operations both within and outside the country.
Ken Lavoy, the American team leader says that the training is part of the
capacity-building aid given to UPDF.
“This training is part of the capacity-building aid extended to
UPDF, but also a learning moment where we share knowledge with different
officers on better engagements with the civil population during peace support
operations,” he says.
Col. Nelson Aheebwa the Deputy Chief of CIMIC says that peace support
operations cannot succeed without the support of the civilian population, and such
trainings are essential as they aid officers to easily cooperate with the civil
authorities in ensuring peace and information sharing during wartime and
Aheebwa argues that USA has traversed in their military system and can easily
guide UPDF through the basic CIMIC practices which are tested and acceptable
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Aheebwa further stresses that UPDF interacts more with the civilian population
during their peacekeeping mission in Somalia and CIMIC courses are essential to
all soldiers and officers heading for foreign missions.