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Gen. Kainerugaba, Ethiopian General Discuss Regional Security

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Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba shakes hands with Gen. Samora Yenus

The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba Friday June 30, in Addis Ababa met with the Chief of General Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), Gen. Samora Yenus.

The two military leaders discussed regional security in East Africa.

Kainerugaba, who was on the return leg of a journey that took him to Djibouti to attend independence anniversary celebrations, called on Gen. Samora at his office in down town Addis Ababa.

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In the bilateral military relations meeting, General Muhoozi expressed how he was honoured to meet the experienced Ethiopian military officer.

“I have heard a lot about you sir (in the past) and I’m happy to be meeting you in person today,” Kainerugaba said.

“Ethiopia and Uganda share a close military history, we are bound by our mutual struggles to liberate our peoples and achieve shared prosperity in the region,” he added.

The grey haired Gen. Samora, a renowned fighter in the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and later the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), that he helped come to power in 1991, was a colleague and contemporary of the late Melez Zenawi (an African revolutionary icon).

General Samora is today the highest ranking military officer in the Ethiopian military.

“What our revolution and military has achieved over the past four decades of struggle and reconstruction is a shared resource, a reservoir of knowledge for our brothers like the UPDF to benefit from,” asserted Samora.

The two leaders also discussed areas of increased military cooperation such as training and technological cooperation in defense industries, which is a key driver in the industrialization strategy of Ethiopia.

Kainerugaba also visited the headquarters of the powerful Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), the industrial and manufacturing arm of the Ethiopian military.

He was received by the Director General of METEC, Maj. Gen.  Kinfe Dagnew.

METEC is the largest industrial complex in Ethiopia and manufactures military equipment and civilian products.

It is also a lead contractor, alongside Italian company Salini in the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near the border with Sudan.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is expected to produce 6,450 MW of electricity upon completion.

Construction started in 2011 and is expected to be completed this year.

Once completed, it will be the biggest hydro power dam in Africa, and the seventh largest in the world.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba was accompanied in Ethiopia by Uganda’s Defense Attaché to the country, Brig. Sam Kiwanuka and the Special Forces Command PRO, Maj. Chris Magezi.

 

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