East African Troops Set For Joint Drills In Uganda

erectile sans-serif; color: #333333; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;”>According to Director Interpol and International Relations, malady Asan Kasingye, web the 14th EAPCCO (East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization) Annual General Meeting held in Kampala, in October 2012 under resolution 3, agreed to hold field Training Exercise every year by the country chairing EAPCCO.

However, this was as a result of the Republic of Rwanda hosting a successful exercise in Kigali.

“The Police Chiefs acknowledged the benefits of this particular exercise and they agreed that there should organized joint operations and field exercises,” said Kasingye.

This year’s four-day field training exercise will take place in Uganda at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole in Kampala starting May 4.

Uganda is chairing EAPCCO. The Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura was elected in the last Annual General Meeting held in Kampala in October, 2012.

Kasingye further noted the aim of the Field Training Exercise is to train and test EAPCCO capacity to plan, deploy and execute a joint exercise as mandate by EAPCCO in their different meetings.


“The main objective is to test EAPCCO structures ability to plan, train and respond to transnational organized crime in the region and beyond,” said Kasingye, adding, “Uganda as a host nation has agreed to have the theme of this exercise on terrorism.”

He said for Interpol, as the world’s largest international Police organization, the fight against terrorism is a priority.

“Interpol and EAPCCO is well aware of the grave risks posed when the Police services of their member states are not designed or ill-equipped, for international cooperation in the fight against international terrorism,” he added.

Kasingye maintained that considering the modi operandi of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida and its affiliates such as Islamic Jihad Union, Al-Shabaab, the PKK, the FARC, Kony and others whose tentacles now have an unprecedented reach, it is intolerable and unreasonable for members of the international community not to cooperate with one another.

“Terrorism itself is a crime against humanity. It does not discriminate. Terrorist organizations are highly sophisticated and have their own criminal structures that are highly operational.”

He added: “They are highly motivated, and derive their motivation in heightened cases of terror activities they carry out especially involving many casualties. Terrorist groups are also involved in altruistic and traditional ideologies that have lately been engaged in other transnational crimes such as trafficking in human beings, drugs, illegal guns and ammunitions, cyber crimes, money laundering etc.”

The Police boss said international terrorist organizations operate in the same vicinity as organizations such as drug and human trafficking organizations, where the rule of law is practically non-existent and corruption is rampant.

Kasingye elaborated that the Field Training Exercise must improve awareness of the different types of the threats terrorism presents, prepare Officers to deal with terror attacks, test the existing legal framework in dealing with acts of terrorism and identify challenges to law enforcement and to present these challenges and obstacles to policy makers, test and enhance regional ownership of the first draft of the proposed Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) on counter-terrorism.

The exercise will also see the testing the use of Interpol tools and services to enhance cooperation and coordination in the fight against terrorism and other forms of transnational crime.
Rwanda prepares for joint drills

Meanwhile, a contingent of forty five Rwanda National Police (RNP) officers are set to take part in this year’s regional Field Training Exercise (FTX) set to kick-off on May 18 in Jinja in Uganda.

The 18-day Exercise codenamed “Mashariki Salama” literally translated as “peace in eastern,” brings together army and police officers from Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Seychelles, Comoros and the host Uganda.

The Rwandan police contingent set to go in two shifts – on May 6 and 8th – is led by Superintendent Rene Irere.

During a pre-deployment briefing on Saturday, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana urged the officers to be good ambassadors and uphold discipline during their stint at the course.

He told them to seize the opportunity to acquire more poling skills and knowledge to further ensure sustainable peace and stability in the region and Rwanda in particular.

The Exercise will focus on how to jointly address security threats in the region such as terrorism and piracy.

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