Principle Secretary for Defence Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed CBS and Major General Jonah Mwangi Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces Operations, Doctrine and Training pose for a group photo with the Kenyan Contingent participating in CPX Ushirikiano Imara 2019.
On 7th November 2019, Uganda’s Minister of State for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, Hon. (Rtd) Lieutenant Colonel Bright Rwamirama, presided over the official opening of the second phase of Command Post Exercise (CPX) “Ushirikiano Imara” 2019 at Gadaffi Barracks parade square in Jinja, Uganda. The colorful event was attended by representatives of Defence Ministers and Chiefs of Defence Forces from the East African Community (EAC) member States.
The event included a parade by EAC member state Contingents from: Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda after which the EAC flag was handed over to the CPX Head of Mission Amb. (Dr.) Sam Omara, signifying the start of the exercise play.
In his opening address, Hon. (Rtd) Lieutenant Colonel Bright Rwamirama thanked the East African Community (EAC) partner states for their contributions in ensuring the CPX is a success and emphasized the need for cooperation. He added, “The contemporary security challenges have changed a lot, this implies security agencies must acclimatize and come up with new strategies.”
Col Gerald Butera from Rwanda, speaking on behalf of the Secretary General of the EAC, reiterated the need for cooperation within the region. “The security challenges faced within our region are addressed through these military exercises which assist our Armies build required capabilities. It must be mentioned here that the EAC Defence Forces have gone beyond exercises and are operating together in several missions such as the African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID),” he said.
Kenya was represented by the Principle Secretary for Defence Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed and the Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces Operations, Doctrine and Training Major General Jonah Mwangi. Speaking to the Kenyan Contingent after the event, they encouraged the troops to put all their efforts during the exercise and take the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills.
The event marked the start of the exercise play which will end on 15th November 2019. The exercise play will see participants react to scenarios from a hypothetical State faced with political unrest, proliferation of arms, piracy, terrorism and natural disasters.
The main objective of the exercise is to practise the participants on multinational & multidimensional logistic support, employment of combined joint forces, planning and conduct of public affairs in support of the Peace Support Operations. The exercise looks to enhance the awareness of EAC agenda in the region and consolidate gains so far achieved.
Head of Mission for Exercise Ushirikiano Imara 2019 Amb. (Dr.) Sam Omara hands over the EAC flag to Brigadier General Nhial Arou Nhial the exercise Force Commander, signifying the start of the exercise play phase.
Principle Secretary for Defence Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed CBS addresses the Kenyan Contingent during the official opening of CPX Ushirikiano Imara exercise play.
The Kenyan Contingent participating in CPX Ushirikiano Imara 2019 led by Lt Col Godffrey Owuor match past the dais during the official opening of CPX Ushirikiano Imara exercise play.
Ugandan Minister of State for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, Hon. (Rtd) Lieutenant Colonel Bright Rwamirama gives his remaks during the official opening of the second phase of Command Post Exercise “Ushirikiano Imara” 2019 at Gadaffi Barracks parade square.