Ugandan army wants to be part of east african commnunty force
28 November 2014, 20:56
Kampala - Uganda's minister of defense Crisps Kiyonga has informed parliament committee of defense and internal Affairs chaired by Mubende district woman MP Benny Namugwanya that the ministry of defense wants to bring a motion on the floor of parliament seeking parliament’s approval to sign a pack allowing Uganda peoples' defense force to be part of the east African standby force.
He underscored the importance of such a force especially in these days when terrorists are causing chaos in many countries allover the world.
Kiyonga said,''The purpose of the east African standby force is to help all east African member states to counterfight the increasing threatening terrorism attacks in the region.''
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He confirmed to the committee that, three heads of states from Uganda,Rwanda and Kenya have already appended signatures to the memorandum of the force.
''The presidents of Rwanda,Kenya and Uganda realized the importance of such a force and supported its establishment.They have already appended signatures to the memorandum regarding the stand-by force. '' he said.
He further said that each member state needs to seek approval of the force by its parliament adding that he will table the motion next week at the floor of parliament.
Ugandan MPs have promised to support the motion because anything to do with security should be supported..
''We will definitely support the motion.Such a force is necessary. We need a joint army to fight terrorists.''said one of the legislators, Charles Omuge.
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