By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The East African Community will conduct the 12th EAC Armed Forces Field Training Exercise (FTX) USHIRIKIANO IMARA 2022 in Jinja, Uganda from 27th May to 16th June 2022, TheSpy Uganda has learnt.
The exercise will be conducted in accordance with Article 2 of the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs under the theme, “Promoting Peace, Security and Stability towards the East African Community Integration.”
The main objective of the exercise is to train the Partner States’ Armed Forces, Police, Civilian components and other stakeholders in planning, and conducting an integrated mission encompassing; peace support operations, disaster management, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy.
The FTX will be held with an aim of enhancing Partner States’ Defence Forces’ capabilities in jointly combatting complex security challenges faced in the region.
Speaking ahead of the exercise, EAC Secretary General Hon. (Dr) Peter Mathuki disclosed that the EAC Partner States have confirmed their participation in the Jinja exercise.
“We are expecting at least 1,533 participants across the Partner States and 10 observers from the newly admitted Democratic Republic of Congo,” said the Secretary-General.
Dr. Mathuki said that the official opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on 3rd June 2022 with the closing ceremony or VIP scheduled for 10th June 2022.
The previous Field Training Exercise took place in November 2018 in the United Republic of Tanzania in Muheza District, Tanga.