A contingent of 39 personnel from Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), Rwanda National Police and civilians will on Saturday leave Rwanda to participate in a two-week East Africa Community (EAC) military exercise in Dar es Salaam, commercial capital of Tanzania, said a statement from the Rwandan defence ministry on Friday.

The Rwandan delegation will be led by Brig Gen Aloys Muganga.

The military exercies Command Post Exercise (CPX) codenamed “CPX Ushirikiano Imara 2017” is scheduled to run from Dec. 4 to 20.

It is geared to involve the EAC partner states’ armed forces and other key stakeholders in the planning and conduct of an integrated peace support operation, disaster management, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy in order to improve capabilities in jointly combating complex security challenges, according to the statement.

The exercise will improve readiness, inter-operability and strengthen cooperation between the EAC partner states’ armed forces and key stakeholders among other objectives, it said.

Briefing the Rwandan contingent ahead of departure on Friday, the Army Chief of Staff Jacques Musemakweli urged them to be good ambassadors of Rwanda by demonstrating high discipline.

He also advised the contingent to work as a team and share experiences with other foreign counterparts from EAC.

About 240 military, police and civilians from five EAC member countries namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda will participate in the Command Post Exercise 2017. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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