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Posted Nov 23, 2017

Today 23rd November 2017:

The East Africa Community (EAC) Consultative Committee on Cooperation in Defence has held its 27th meeting, at the Pearl of African Hotel Kampala.

The Deputy Secretary General of the EAC in-charge of Political Federation Mr Charles Njoroge, welcome all delegates to the Republic of Uganda, and to Kampala in particular. He thanked the Partner States for sending delegates to attend this meeting of the Consultative Committee as part of the meetings of the Sectoral Council on Cooperation in Defence.

A group photo of the EAC Chief of Defence Forces after the Consultative Committee Meeting at Pearl Of Africa Hotel-Kampala

Mr Njoroge appreciated all Partner States for ratifying the East African Community Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs and embarking on formulation and negotiation of an East African Community Mutual Defence Pact. “It is indeed a commendable achievement towards a wider and deeper cooperation on Defence affairs within our Community”, he said. 

The Chairman of the Session, Gen David Muhoozi,UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), expressed his appreciation for the presence of representative of Chiefs of Defence Staff.

He said the region is still faced with a complex set of Peace and Security challenges despite the mitigating mechanism put in place. “You all know that in the past three decades, this region has witnessed a number of long-term, severe and in some cases, inter-related crises and violent conflicts. The current worrying trend however, is the emergence of new conflicts and complex security challenges resulting in relapse of fragile States into a situation of instability”

Gen Muhoozi commended the Sectoral Committee for putting together the good report and also thanked the Secretary General and his team for the preliminary background papers that formed the basis of this work.