Participants at this year’s Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 have been urged to continue working together to strengthen their mandate in peace keeping missions, most especially the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
“Uniting for a purpose and creating partnerships will create and sustain peace and stability in Somalia and beyond,” said Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi.
“I urge participants to create formidable synergies that will give combined forces much power to achieve a peaceful region and world,” Mbadi added.
He noted that the achieved exercise objectives will definitely enable participants to jointly work together at multi-national sector headquarters, not only for peace but steer good governance in the region and globally.
Mbadi noted that the theme for this year’s Exercise “Together for a peaceful world” loosely translated in Swahili as “Pamoja Kwenye Dunia Yenye amani” is a true reflection of a joint Command Post Exercise based on real conditions rather than hypothetic scenarios which gives response to a confronted situation.
The overall aim Exercise was to enhance capacity, increase military interoperability and strengthen strategic partnership in the region and globally.
In his remarks at the closing ceremony, the Deputy Commander of United States Army Africa and Exercise Co-Director, Brig Gen William Prendergast lauded participants for mastering the goals and objectives of the exercise that will make Africa secure.
He commended UPDF for hosting the event and creating peace in the region and beyond.
“World events like this help in building trust, respect for human rights and improve interoperability to defeat violent extremism. A secure Somalia is secure Africa,” said Brig Gen William Prendergast.
He urged participants to utilize the acquired knowledge and skills for a firm and secure foundation that will enable the spirit of working together in more complex situations.
According to Brig Gen James Ruhesi, the Command Post Exercise (CPX) 2018 Director, the Exercise was conducted in phases.
“The academic phase provided baseline knowledge on AMISOM, including the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) tactical six steps planning which focused on integration of staff processes in operational and scenario executions.” He said.
“The other was orientation injection driven in real life situations to achieve the objectives and mission of the exercise,” he added.
Ruhesi noted that he is “grateful that the exercise objectives (academic and tactical) and purpose have been achieved by all participants which enhances better and professional service in multi-national missions,”
He called upon participants to continue working together and sharing experiences to overcome global challenges.
This year’s CPX Justified Accord 2018, had contingents drawn from ten (10) nations namely the US, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia.
The International Community was represented by the Red Cross, United Nations and African Union.
The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, awarded certificates of recognition to heads of delegations.
The closure ceremony was graced by different dignitaries from fraternal armies notably; Brig Gen Gateretse Chief of Training from Burundi National Defence Force (BNDF), Brig Gen Stephen Makumbo, Defence Advisor from United Republic of Tanzania, Brig Gen Mohammed Madobe, Contingent commander, Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF), Col James Burabyo, Defence Adviser from the Republic of Rwanda and Col NjorogeGitogo, contingent commander, Kenya Defence Force (KDF) among others.