The exercise will be held in May and June in eastern Uganda to test the readiness of the troops to respond to complex security challenges, according to the statement
Kenyan troops will join their East African colleagues of more than 1,500 men and women drawn from the six East African Community (EAC) member states in a scheduled joint drill in Uganda, the Uganda military has said.
In a statement issued in Kampala, the military said the troops from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan will be joined by civilians in the 12th EAC Field Training Exercise. The exercise scheduled to be held in May and June in eastern Uganda will test the readiness of the troops to respond to complex security challenges, according to the statement.
At a planning meeting held in Kampala on Wednesday, Col. Raphael Kiptoo, who represented the EAC Secretary-General, said such exercises enhance the already high level of interconnectedness and interoperability of the troops in the region.
The military drills, which have been conducted since 2005 under various themes, are conducted under the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defense Affairs. The exercises are conducted on a rotational basis among the partner states every two years.
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