Twelve African Army Chiefs Meet
The Monitor (Kampala)
9 March 2008
TWELVE foreign army chiefs under the Eastern Africa Standby
Brigade (EASBRIG), arrive in Uganda tomorrow to discuss plans of
forming a ready-to-deploy regional force to intervene in conflict
The two-day meeting is will be followed by EASBRIG Council of
Ministers to take place later this week, the State Minister, Ruth
Nankabirwa announced on Friday.
"The agenda will include the plan for the command post exercise
2008, policy and administrative documents as well as the work
plans and budget for 2008," Ms Nankabirwa said in a statement.
President Yoweri Museveni is expected to open the Council of
Ministers meeting while Defence minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga will
preside over the opening of the military chiefs' meeting.
According to Ms Nankabirwa, Defence ministers and chief of armies
from Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and host
Uganda will attend.
EASBRIG is part of the African Peace and Cecurity (APSA) that
includes the African Standby Force (ASF). ASF includes five
security regions of which Eastern Africa is part.
In Eastern Africa, the EASBRIG was established in 2004 by the
council of ministers at their first meeting in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia in July 2004.
The meeting established the policy framework that defined
structures and functions of the institutions of EASBRIG.
Uganda has been chairing the policy organ meetings since the
inception of EASBRIG but handed over to Comoros early this year.
"The EASBRIG structures are the institutions of eastern Africa
security region responsible for conflict prevention, management
and resolution as well as specifically undertaking force
preparation, force generation and peace support operations
missions," Ms Nankabirwa explained.
In January, last year, a secretariat to handle EASBRIG affairs (EASBRICOM)
was created. Former Presidential aide and ex-Luweero Resident
District Commissioner, Simon Mulongo heads the coordination office
in Nairobi, Kenya.