By Andrew Irumba
Ntoroko: There is a joint army training currently going on between commandos of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and French troops.
The armies from both Uganda and France started a 10 day combined military training code-named ‘Mountain Ghost’ in Uganda’s Ntoroko district. UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire revealed that the exercise is aimed at helping to make soldiers’ maneuverability within the mountains easier as far as protecting the country is concerned. The Chief Instructor Lt.Col JK Kiyengo, encouraged team work and cooperation during the exercise, since it’s the culture of the UPDF.
While commenting about the exercise, the Head of the French troops Maj Asedu, applauded the government of Uganda and the UPDF for the good hospitality and cooperation between the two countries. He noted that the French troops will continue sharing knowledge, tactics, combat skills help and also learn from their Ugandan counterparts during this training exercise. The combined training exercise is to equip soldiers with mountain fighting tactics and make the operations easier in mountainous areas. The training is taking place at Karugutu Training school which was established 3 years ago with the help of the French government and it specializes in Mountain War Fare Technical Courses.