Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale has today hosted a delegation of the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) led by its Director Brigadier Peter Njema who paid him a courtesy visit at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi.
The visit was aimed at apprising the CS on the security situation in the region, the role of the multi-dimensional Force, the various achievements and programs they’re undertaking to enhance peace, security and stability in the region.
In his presentation, Brigadier Njema maintained that the Force has continued to pursue it’s mandate of providing capability for rapid deployment as well as peace support operations for it’s Member States.
On his part, the CS who is also the Chair of the Council of Ministers for Defence and Security for the EASF Member States promised his total support including provision of the necessary funding to ensure the Force meets obligations.
Hon. Duale underscored the need for all the ten Member States to ratify the Agreement and the importance of having frequent joint exercises to enhance capacity building of the Force.
EASF is one of the five multidimensional Forces of the African Standby Force (ASF) consisting the military, police and civilian components.
The Force’s Member States include Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Francis Ogolla, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Personnel and Logistics (ACDF P&L) Major General David Keter and his counterpart in charge of Operations, Doctrine and Training (ACDF OPD&T) Major General Fred Leuria as well as the Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy Brigadier Edward Rugendo were also present at the meeting.