Tuesday February 19 2013

EA armies get skills in disaster management

By Abubaker Kirunda & Denis Edema


Senior army officers from 10 Eastern Africa countries have started a one-week training in military skills to equip themselves with disaster management knowledge.

The senior officers plan to form one body, the Eastern Africa Standby Force(EASF). Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia, Djibouti, Seychelles, among others, are among the countries contributing soldiers to the training.

Speaking during the opening of the training at Gaddafi Staff College in Jinja yesterday, the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta, said the training would help in handling of the increased disasters that hit countries in the region.

Gen. Koreta challenged the participants to practice the skills they are to achieve. “Training is what you need to put in practice what you have gained,’’ Gen. Koreta said.

The commander of the Eastern Africa Standby Force, Rtd Maj Gen. Cyrille Ndayirukiye, said Uganda was ahead in military technology and hailed it for accepting the training to be conducted in its schools.

“Though there are challenges we are going to experience like finance resources, running the budgeting system on how to support the force, within two months left, we would have put everything in place to use,” said Gen. Ndayirukiye. He said by end of the training, the participants will be ready share the experience they will have attained during the training. See story picture on Page 7.