Rwandan contingent completes military exercise under â€œUshirikiano Imaraâ€
A Rwandan contingent made of forty-three military and policemen is part of the team that completed an integrated military exercise codenamed â€œUshirikiano Imaraâ€ in Nairobi.
A one week exercise that took place at Embakasi military barracks brought together participants from the East African Community member states aimed at undertaking a courses in Peace Support Operations, Disaster Management, Counter terrorism and Counter piracy in order to enhance the capacity of the regional forces in combatting contemporary emerging security challenges in the region.
While addressing participants at the closing ceremony attended by political leaders and chiefs of Defence Forces from the EAC partner states, Amb Kirimi Kaberia, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence, Kenya congratulated all participants for making the exercise a success.
He saidâ€ the lessons learnt will one day pay dividends when we will be required to address emerging security challenges in our region as one nationâ€.Â He further said that security is the lead pillar in the pursuit of the EAC spirit of cooperation and full integration and called for continued training engagement among EAC militaries.
The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Charles Njoroge said that
â€œEAC Military Exercise is a living testimony that EAC integration is moving towards greater heights and the event offered concrete hope and prospects for future integration for the people of East Africaâ€
At the ceremony, Rwanda Government was represented by Amb James Kimonyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda to Kenya and Brig Gen Charles Karamba, the RDF Air Force Chief of Staff.
The EAC Military Exercise brought together 250 participants and Rwanda was represented by 43 military, police and civilian component led by Brig Gen Vincent Gatama.
CPX Ushirikiano Imara was organized in accordance with East African Community Protocol on Cooperation in Defence. Among other objectives of exercise is to evaluate the readiness of EAC Armed Forces to respond to complex security challenges with developing appropriate strategies to counter them effectively.