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EAC in joint military drills

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th February 2005 03:00 AM

A JOINT East African Community (EAC) military exercise code-named “Ongoza Njia (lead the way) 2005” is to start today and end on Saturday in Monduli, Tanzania.

A JOINT East African Community (EAC) military exercise code-named “Ongoza Njia (lead the way) 2005” is to start today and end on Saturday in Monduli, Tanzania.

By Esther Mukyala

A JOINT East African Community (EAC) military exercise code-named “Ongoza Njia (lead the way) 2005” is to start today and end on Saturday in Monduli, Tanzania.

Ongoza Njia is a peace support operation. It will preceed a field training exercise. It is intended to train the armed forces of EAC states in peace support, said a statement from the EAC headquarters in Arusha on Friday.

EAC Secretary General Col. Amanya Mushega said the exercise would facilitate training and improve the ability of the EAC countries to operate in peace support operations within the region.

EAC states signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Defence in 2003, under which they undertook to conduct joint military training exercises in various fields, including peace support operations.

Ongoza Njia is one in a series of exercises to be conducted by the three states.

The commandant of the Tanzania Military Academy, Monduli, and the exercise director, Maj. Gen. C. K. Gimonge, said the exercise was organised and sponsored by the three states.

Meanwhile, a contingent of 22 UPDF officers/men has left the country for Arusha, Tanzania to attend a 10-day military training.

During the flag off ceremony at the military academy at Gadafi barracks in Jinja district on Saturday, the assistant chief of staff, Brig. Benon Biraro, urged them to bear the Ugandan flag with pride.

“You are the representatives of Uganda, so be good ambassadors and do your job well,” he said.

EAC in joint military drills

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