The Rwandan contingent leaving for a regional military exercise in Burundi has been asked to maintain maximum discipline and be good ambassadors for the country.
The call to maintain the Rwandan flag flying high and keep high standards already set by Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) in regional military exercises was made by the Army Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi yesterday.
“The contingent was reminded to work as a team and foster good relations with comrades from other countries,” reads part of a statement from the Rwanda Defence Forces.
Kamanzi briefed the contingent on behalf of RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.
The Rwanda contingent, led by Col Tom Mpaka, who is also the Exercise Chief of Staff, will leave for Burundi tomorrow..
The contingent is composed of 51 participants that include 41 military officers, four Police officers and six civilians. The regional military drill is codenamed “EAC Command Post Exercise (CPX) Ushirikiano Imara 2013”.
A total of 265 participants from East African Community partner states are expected to attend the two week training scheduled to kick off tomorrow.
The aim of the exercise is to practice the EAC Partner States’ Armed Forces and stakeholders in planning and conduct of peace support operations, counter terrorism, counter piracy, and disaster management in order to enhance their capacity in combating complex security challenges.
A similar exercise was held in Rwanda at RDF Command and Staff College, Nyakinama in 2011.