Uganda and South Africa have appreciated the role played by sharing intelligence information in neutralizing global challenges.
This was discussed in a meeting between the South African Chief of Defence in charge of Intelligence (CDI) Lt Gen Jeremiah Nyembe and UPDF Chief Of Military Intelligence and Security Brig Gen Abel Kandiho.
The Defence Ministry said in a brief statement on Thursday that during a meeting attended by a high level delegation of South African Officials, Lt Gen JM Nyembe expressed gratitude for the existing cordial relationship between South Africa and Uganda, most especially in defence matters.
The South African decorated Army General said, sharing intelligence information is fundamental in bringing nations together.
“It is important that we see things on the same wave length, we identify problems and together come up with solutions,” he said, adding that sharing ideas and advising each other on current global challenges like terrorism, unemployment, climatic change and migrations, among others; will make Africa prosper.
The military institutions of Uganda and South Africa enjoy strong ties.
Several Africa National Congress (ANC) combatants were trained from Uganda after President Museveni took power on 1986.
South Africa military intelligence chief’s visit comes at a time of heightened tensions between Uganda and Rwanda over counter accusations of espionage and undermining each other’s national security.
On the other hand, South Africa’s relations have been tense in recent years over the Murder of former Rwandan spy chief Col Karegeya in South Africa.
Rwanda accuses Uganda of working with South Africa-based dissident General Kayumba Nyamwasa to topple President Kagame, a claim Kampala denies.
The Defence Ministry’s statement did not say if these critical issues were discussed during the meeting.
Deputy army spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki said Lt Gen Nyembe further recognized the role played by joint military trainings in neutralizing threats.
He further said the UPDF Chief of Military Intelligence Brig Gen Abel Kandiho commended the mutual cooperation between Uganda and South Africa since the beginning of the liberation struggle.
He pledged to cement this relationship further through continuous joint training of both UPDF and South African National Defence Forces (SANDF) militants.
“Current sharing of intelligence is in line with the multi-dimensional approach required to combat crime and terrorism,” noted Brig Kandiho.
The meeting was also attended by officers in charge of intelligence from other UPDF units and formations.
Both delegations exchanged gifts and souvenirs as a sign of strengthened and existing mutual cooperation, according to Lt Col Akiiki.