News 2008


Twelve African Army Chiefs Meet in Kampala

The Monitor (Kampala)

9 March 2008

Grace Matsiko


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 situations.

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.