The Defence Forces of the EAC Partner States on 17 August 2016 concluded the 10th Edition of the East African Community Military Games and Cultural Event that has been hosted by Rwanda since 5 August 2016.
The closing ceremony took place at Amahoro National Stadium, and was attended by high ranking guest officials including Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Amb Raychelle Omamo; Uganda State Minister for Defence, (Rtd) Col Charles Okello Engola and the Deputy EAC Secretary General in Charge of Political Federation, Mr Charles Njoroge. Besides the RDF CDS, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, other present Chiefs of Defence Forces included KDF CDF, Gen Samson Mwathethe, TPDF Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Venance Mabeyo and Deputy UPDF CDF Uganda, Lt Gen Charles Angina.
In his remarks, the Guest of Honour of the day, Hon Minister of Defence of Rwanda, Gen James Kabarebe, congratulated all players and organisers for making the 10th EAC Military Games and Cultural Event a success. “While each individual in each of the teams fought fiercely to score that extra goal, and to run the fastest race to raise our national flags; collectively, our national flags constituted a single winning flag- the flag of East African Community that symbolize a collective unity of people”, Gen Kabarebe noted. He further thanked the games organisers and the Defence leaders of EAC Partner States for “unwavering support and commitment of the EAC Military Games”.
The EAC Deputy Secretary General, in charge of political federation, Mr Charles Njoroge said that the games are a demonstration of comradeship and networking among EAC defence forces and foster stability and security in the region. He commended the Government of Rwanda and the people of Rwanda for successfully organizing the 10th EAC Military Games and Cultural Event.
He particularly commended the wonderful mobilization of citizens that came to support the EAC Defence Forces games.
On his side the RDF CDS, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba said that this year’s Event, like the previous ones, was hosted in the same spirit of harmony and unity among EAC Defence Forces. “I am certain that in each game, our citizens watched with pride as their Defence Forces competed with this spirit of brotherhood and togetherness with the unique goal of fostering Defence Cooperation”, Gen Nyamvumba said; before adding: “This unity displayed through various acts of cooperation is a testimony on how seriously we take the mission assigned to us by our leaders. It is a mission that we shall continue to pursue”.
The closing ceremony was marked by a concluding football match between RDF and TPDF teams where Rwanda won one nil.
The best performing teams were awarded with trophies and medals as follows:
Football: Kenya (Gold), Rwanda (Silver),Tanzania (Bronze)
Basketball: Rwanda (Gold), Kenya (Silver), Uganda (Bronze)
Handball: Kenya (Gold), Uganda (Silver), Rwanda (Bronze)
Netball: Tanzania (Gold), Uganda (Silver), Kenya (Bronze)
Cross Country women: Kenya (Gold), Uganda (Silver),Tanzania (Bronze)
Cross Country Men: Kenya (Gold), Uganda (Silver), Rwanda (Bronze)