Commandants of Senior Command and Staff Colleges from the East African Community Partner States are meeting in Kigali from 18 to 20 April 2017. The three day meeting is aimed at reviewing the status of cooperation in training and progress made on academic capacity building of the military officers for Command and Staff Colleges utilisation.
Presiding over the official opening ceremony of the meeting, the incoming chairperson, Lt Gen Andrew GUTTI, Commandant of the Kimaka Senior Command and Staff College of Uganda underlined the importance that EAC Partner States attach to the Forum.
“I thank the EAC Secretariat for organizing this meeting and EAC Partner States for sending their Delegates on time. This is a clear manifestation of the importance that the EAC Partner States attach to this meeting”, Gen Gutti said. He went on by expressing his gratitude to the Republic of Rwanda for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to the delegates.
On behalf of Rwanda Defence Force, Maj Gen Jean Bosco Kazura welcomed the Delegates to Rwanda and wished them a very pleasant stay. He also pointed out that harmonization and working together of the EAC Partner States Defence Forces will help in solving potential problems. “By the time everything will be harmonised, I think it will be better for all of us to move forward to peace and try to solve problems we may have in the region”.
The Representative of the EAC Secretary General to the meeting, Col James Barigye Ruhesi, Uganda Defence Liaison Officer at the EAC Secretariat, underscored that the EAC Command and Staff Colleges Commandants forum have achieved a lot in terms of syllabus harmonisation, which he said it is at seventy percent, and cooperation in training. “So far we have exchange programs of Directing Staff and Students among the EAC Partner States”, he noted.
The meeting was convened in accordance with Article 2 of the EAC Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs, and in line with the Defence Sector Calendar of Activities for the period January-June 2017.
During the ongoing bi-annual EAC Command and Staff Colleges Commandant meeting, Uganda has taken over the Chairmanship and Rwanda became the Rapporteur. For the last two years, the Republic of Tanzania was chairing the Forum.