UPDF Leaves for EAC Military Games

The Chief of Education Sports & Culture in the UPDF, Brig Phenihas Katirima handing over a flag to the director of Sports in the UPDF, Lt Col Lukyamuzi at the Ministry of Defence Head Quarters on Thursday

A total of 110 Officers and Militants of the UPDF, buy code named Mission Uganda, have left for Rwanda to participate in the 10th East African Community Military Games and Cultural Event that will take place in Kigali for the next two weeks.

Hon. Lt. Gen Ivan Koreta, a UPDF Member of Parliament, on Thursday flagged off the UPDF sportsmen and women at Ministry of Defense headquarters, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces.

The mission composed of a football, Netball, Hand ball, Basket ball and Cross-Country teams together with team officials, Referees and Umpires. They will also be joined by the Minister of Defense Entourage, Permanent Secretary and Chief of Defence Forces entourage.

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Mission Uganda will compete with other East African Community partner states of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. The EAC military games and cultural events are part of the activities of the protocol on cooperation in the Defence amongst the EAC States.

It is among others aimed at enhancing physical fitness amongst the EAC forces, sharing experiences, developing sports in EAC militaries, and promoting integration through cultural acclimatization.

The Chief of Education, Sports and Culture in the UPDF, Brig. Phenihas Katirima headed Mission Uganda and received the Uganda Flag from Lt Gen Koreta before further handing it over to the director of Sports in the UPDF, Lt. Col. Lukyamuzi.

Lt. Gen. Koreta reminded participants that they are going to contribute towards the continued widening and deepening of the EAC Integration, carrying the beloved flag of Uganda, as beloved UPDF soldiers and to compete amongst soldiers.

He added that they should uphold Uganda’s and East African community image before the vigilant and watchful eyes of the media.

“Go out there, entertain East Africans and beyond, as you compete in your sports Disciplines.” He said, adding that, “We look forward to receiving your Gold, Silver and Bronze medals plus Trophies.”

The EAC military games and cultural event is an annual undertaking by the EAC militaries on a rotational basis.

The 9th Edition of the games were played  in Uganda in August 2015, whereas the 8th Edition was in the United Republic of Tanzania in 2014.


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