Ugandan Minister Reaffirms Support for Eastern Africa Standby Force

Ugandan Minister Reaffirms Support for Eastern Africa Standby Force
Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Honourable Jacob Marksons Oboth-Oboth after the meeting with the Director of the EASF, Brigadier General (Retired) Paul Kahuria Njema, at the Ministry headquarters in Mbuya. PHOTO/COURTESY

Summary:

  • Uganda’s Minister of Defence reaffirmed the country’s strong support for the Eastern Africa Standby Force, emphasizing its crucial role in regional security.

Uganda’s steadfast commitment to the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) received a resounding reaffirmation from Honourable Jacob Marksons Oboth-Oboth, Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs. In a meeting with Brigadier General (Retired) Paul Kahuria Njema, Director of the EASF, at the Ministry headquarters in Mbuya, Hon. Oboth-Oboth emphasized Uganda’s unwavering dedication to supporting the Force in fulfilling its mandate.

“The Ugandan government, through the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs, stands firmly behind the EASF and ensures the successful execution of its mandate,” declared Hon. Oboth-Oboth.

Commending the Force’s endeavors in achieving early warning, prevention, conflict management, and resolution across East Africa, the Minister reiterated Uganda’s commitment to the EASF.

Brigadier General (Retired) Njema acknowledged Uganda’s longstanding support for the EASF, stating, “Uganda has consistently demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the Eastern Africa Standby Force.”

While the specifics of their discussions remain undisclosed, the meeting likely focused on exploring avenues for continued Ugandan collaboration with the EASF, encompassing troop deployment, logistical support, and joint training exercises.

Uganda’s participation in the EASF is paramount for maintaining regional stability, serving as a crucial deterrent to conflict, promoting peacebuilding initiatives, and responding to security threats in Eastern Africa.

Hon. Oboth-Oboth’s reaffirmation of support underscores Uganda’s recognition of the EASF’s pivotal role in fostering regional security, particularly amidst current complexities and ongoing security challenges faced by Eastern African nations.

By actively supporting the EASF, Uganda contributes to a collective effort in safeguarding the peace and security of the entire region.

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