Museveni Praises Special Forces

The East African Standby Force (EASF) will conduct a Command Post Exercise in Adama, viagra 60mg Ethiopia this week as it winds up preparations to confront negative elements in the region especially the Uganda rebel group – Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and genocide militia- FDLR.

The 9-day training exercise starts on Thursday.

Officials said the exercise will aim at putting into operation a multidimensional Mission Headquarters in planning, price preparation and execution of special military operations.

“The main objective is to practice the training audience in the integrated mission planning, command, control and execution of a complex peace support operation. The Exercise will provide an opportunity for EASF to validate its readiness for Full Operational Capability (FOC),” the new force said in a brief statement seen by Chimpreports on Tuesday.

“EASF has ten active Member States which have shown great commitment to own and to support the Exercise by participating actively in the entire preparation and execution process. A total of two hundred and ninety nine (299) participants consisting of military, police and civilian components, are expected to participate.”

This website understands the Verification of Rwanda Pledged Forces and Capabilities to East African Standby Force (EASF) was conducted on November 6 at Kami Barracks and Rwanda National Police Headquarters respectively.

The team headed by EASF Director, Ambassador Ismail Chanfi and EASF Brigade Commander, Brig Gen Kabisa Domitien inspected the troops as well as all their equipment, including armoured fighting vehicles, medical facilities, a mobile military kitchen, and others.

The group also inspected the readiness at Police headquarters where they verified the Formed Police Unit and equipment.

The Rwanda pledged force for the EASF consists of 1 Motorised Battalion, One level 2 Hospital, 15 military observers, 1 Formed Up Police Unit of 140 Police Officers,100 Individual Police Officers and 47 civilians.

Ambassador Ismail Chanfi said that “I am more than satisfied and can confirm that the pledged force from Rwanda is a reality”.

Brig Gen Domitien Kabisa, said that EASF is ready to combat the negative forces threatening the security of the region. The negative forces include FDLR, ADF NALU, Al Shabab among others.

The ADF last month killed scores of civilians and children in fresh attacks in Beni while FDLR slaughtered 13 people early this month, sparking off international outrage and calls to expedite the formation of the EASF to address the security challenges in the region.

The FDLR, whose leadership and ideology led to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, was given up to January 2014 to disarm, demobilise and surrender all weapons or face military action.

EASF ten member countries pledged about six thousand total force and equipment ready to deploy by December this year.
President Museveni has commended the Special Forces Command (SFC) leadership for taking seriously the issue of building infrastructure for the army.

“I congratulate you for taking the issue of infrastructure development in the army seriously. This is a good spirit of doing things, viagra ” said Museveni.

“Yes, we were in the bush in the past and can stay anywhere but if you can stay in good conditions, I see no reason why not. You have done it cheaply by being self reliant,” he added.

The President who is also Commander In Chief of the Uganda armed forces made the remarks on Monday during the commissioning of the Fort Samora Machel Special Forces Training School in Kaweweta, Nakaseke District.

The school which is the first one in Uganda was constructed by the SFC construction team at a cost of Shs 430m.

President Museveni commissioned the first phase which comprises of an administration block and dormitories.

He said “I thank you for constructing the School cheaply and for being self-reliant. I also thank the other branches of UPDF for doing good quality construction in the various barracks.”

He noted that the SFC has done a commendable job at a cost of only Sh 430 million and saved the Government expenses that it would have incurred if it hired private contractors.

He called on them to continue with work through the spirit of self-reliance. He pledged the NRM Government’s commitment to fully support the army in its construction projects.

President Museveni commended the SFC for emphasizing training and observed that training is crucial towards achieving the set work goals.

He reminded the UPDF Officers and men gathered at the ceremony that when the ADF attacked Bundibugyo in 2007 with a big force, only 13 went back alive in the D.R. Congo to tell their story of being defeated. He attributed the big achievement to the good training that the UPDF had received.

President Museveni planting a tree at the new facility

President Museveni planting a tree at the new facility

He said that the culture of training must spread to every unit in order to ensure efficiency. He was pleased with the issue of naming the School after the late Samora Machel the late President of Mozambique.

He told the UPDF personnel that the late Samora Machel defeated the Portuguese during the liberation struggle that was concluded in 1974. He said that Machel was being remembered as an African revolutionary.

Museveni said the late Machel facilitated the training of 28 Ugandans and prepared them for the liberation of Uganda in the 1970s.

He observed that Kaweweta was a good training ground and congratulated the SFC for building the army infrastructure and for using it.

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala said that professionalism cannot be realized if we do not train our troops.

He said that the SFC had portrayed good leadership and that the UPDF was committed to support the School and enable it to build its own construction capacity. He was pleased with the high quality work done during the construction of the School.

Museveni said Samora Machel played a pivotal role in the liberation of Uganda from dictatorial regimes

Museveni said Samora Machel played a pivotal role in the liberation of Uganda from dictatorial regimes

Muhoozi speaks out 

The Commander of SFC Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba saluted the President for liberating Uganda and for his continued leadership and support. He commended the SFC personnel for their hard work, patriotism and loyalty.

Muhoozi further applauded the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala for enabling the establishment of the School and revealed that the project was put in the work plan in 2008 and was pleased over the construction work so far attained.

He pledged the SFC’s commitment to be self-reliant in its construction works.

The SFC Construction Team leader Major Emmanuel Odongo revealed that the construction works were launched on the 14th January 2014. He said that his team had completed the administration block and dormitories within the set program.


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