The president and Commander-in- Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces H.E Uhuru Kenyatta presents the best overall trophy to team Captain Lt Josiane Tebero from Rwanda. With him is the chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe
The East Africa Community (EAC) Military Games and Event came to a close on 23rd August 2019 in a colourful event presided over by his Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
A final football match between Kenya and Rwanda in which Kenya won preceded the ceremony marked with song and dance. The games are meant to strengthen the bond between the East African Community militaries, enhance espirit de corps and foster cultural exchange.
In his speech, the Commander-in-Chief congratulated all winners in various categories and the participating countries for their sportsmanship and resilience during the games. He also lauded the planning committee and the Kenya Defence Forces in entirety for hosting the games this year. He further acknowledged the importance of the games towards strengthening the bonds of friendship and fostering economic ties between East African Countries.
“The games have become a fundamental pillar of regional integration. They help foster espirit de corps among our militaries, and also the solidarity and partnership of our military forces towards universal peace,” said the president.
Addressing the same forum, the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe expressed his appreciation towards the planning committee, delegates, sponsors and the whole EAC 2019 team. He also lauded the teams and individual players for showing a great spirit of sportsmanship and goodwill towards each other.
On her part, the chairperson of this year’s planning committee, Major General Fatuma Ahmed, termed the games a success and congratulated all those that stepped up to ensure the two- week sporting event was successful.
All the countries performed exemplarily well and individual players and teams were awarded medals in various categories which included football (Men), netball (women), volleyball (women), basketball (men) and cross-country (men and women).
In netball, Uganda emerged best followed by Kenya and Tanzania respectively.
In women volleyball, Uganda emerged the winners while Rwanda and Kenya settled for second and third positions. Rwanda won in basketball followed by Kenya and Uganda in second and third positions.
Kenya scooped top honours in cross-country for men and women with Uganda in second while Tanzania settled for third position.
South Sudan will host the next edition of the annual military games in 2021.
A host of dignitaries from the region graced the closing ceremony. Among them was the Chief of the Defence Forces of Rwanda Defence Force General Patrick Nyamvumba; the Chief of Defence Forces of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces General Gabriel Jok Riach, the Chief Defence Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force General David Muhozi among invited guests and the citizenry who came in to witness the historic event.
Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe interacts with Rwanda Defence Forces football players before the final match with Ulinzi Stars of Kenya at the close of the 12th edition of EAC Military Games at MISC Kasarani on 23rd August 2019
Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo presents a trophy to Capt Gwasabu Ekingo of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces who emerged second best in Cross Country during the 12th Edition of the EAC Military Games and Cultural Event
Burundian traditional dancers entertain guests during the closing ceremony of the 12th edition of EAC Military Games at MISC Kasarani on 23rd August 2019 .
Kenya Defence Forces’ Ulinzi Stars in action against Rwanda Defence Forces in the final football match of the East African Military Games and Cultural Event 2019 at the MISC Kasarani.