East African states start united military drills

East African states start united military drills

Uganda will send hundreds of security operatives to Kwale County at the Kenyan coast.

This was announced Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo on Friday launched joint field training for over 2,000 military officers from East African Community (EAC) member states.

The Director-General of customs and trade at the East Africa Community, Mr Peter Kiguta, said participants were trained on the EAC protocol on operations in defence affairs.

The regional block has a Standby Force in the form of personnel and equipment with 3,400 troops of the 5,000-strong force required for EASF troops to deal with security challenges arising from conflict.

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Rwanda and Uganda each contributed a motorised battalion, Burundi one light battalion and Kenya a mechanised battalion.

Each battalion has 850 soldiers, making it a 3,400-strong force from East Africa alone.

Tanzania is the only EAC member state that does not belong to EASF as it belongs to the Southern Africa Standby Brigade.

EASF is one of the five regional multidimensional forces in Africa. The others are the Northern Standby Brigade, formed by NARC; SADC’s Southern Africa Standby Brigade; Western Africa Standby Brigade (Ecowas); and Central African Standby Brigade (Eccas).

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