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Muhoozi Tightens Military Ties with Tanzania, Mali

Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba met with a Tanzanian military delegation led by Maj Gen Marco Elisha Gaguti this Wednesday afternoon.

The Tanzanians greeted and congratulated Gen Kainerugaba from the CDF of TPDF, General Jacob Mkunda.

During the meeting at the SFC Headquarters in Entebbe, discussions centered on strengthening the historical alliance between Uganda and Tanzania, and exploring ways to enhance training opportunities for officers in both countries.

The two countries recently concluded a Defence and security cooperation framework to cement their military ties.

They also agreed to operationalize the intergovernmental security committee for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project.

Tanzania and Uganda have in recent years been working closely in sharing information and intelligence as well as confronting threats such as terrorism, arms and drug trafficking, trafficking of game trophies, cyber security, illegal migration as well as sabotage of critical infrastructure including the crude oil pipeline and also addressing other emerging threats such as pandemics.

Gen Muhoozi in a group photo with Tanzanian army officers

The Tanzanian delegation included Lt Col Fred Jonas Moshi from the Directorate of Training and Maj Abubakar Mwindadi.

The delegation also attended the pass out ceremony of UPDF cadets at the Kaweweta Basic Military Training School.

Gen Muhoozi in a group photo with Tanzanian army officers

On the UPDF side, Lt Gen Kayanja Muhanga, the Commander Land Forces and Maj Gen BD Mugisha, the SFC Commander, attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Gen Muhoozi met with his Malian counterpart, Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Oumar Diarra, at the Special Command Forces (SFC) headquarters in Entebbe.

During the meeting, both defence chiefs, accompanied by top commanders from their respective armies, agreed to enhance military-to-military cooperation and strengthen the existing memoranda of understanding between Uganda and Mali.

Gen Muhoozi with Malian officers in Entebbe

Gen Diarra formally invited Gen Kainerugaba, who is also a senior presidential adviser on special operations, to visit Mali when his schedule allows.

Gen. Diarra, who was among the guests at the pass-out of 777 cadet officers from Uganda and other countries at Kaweweta Basic Military Training School in Nakaseke yesterday, promised to send more officers and soldiers for training in Uganda.

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