Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) together with the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) held a Joint Defence Committee Meeting (JDC) in Mbale Resort Hotel, Mbale, Uganda.

The bilateral engagement strengthened the existing relations between KDF and UPDF and also sought to address security challenges within the region.

In his address, Brigadier Edward Rugendo of the Kenya Defence Forces commended UPDF leadership for its continued commitment toward addressing the common regional security challenges and, noted the importance of partnership between the two partner states in facilitating better opportunities and better livelihoods for all East Africans.

“The basis of existing strong bilateral relations between our two countries is anchored on sharing similar interests, beliefs, and traditions. It is more so evident by looking at communities that live along our borders. We should, therefore, endeavor to foster unity so that we can continue to take advantage of available opportunities and overcome the challenges that should befall us,” he said.

Major General Don William Nabasa of the UPDF also noted the shared security challenges, including terrorism, livestock theft, and the recurring security incidences on Lake Victoria that have impacted peace and security in the region.

He explained that synergy between the two nations is crucial to strengthening both countries’ defences and also facilitating the socio-economic growth and transformation of not only the two countries but the entire East African Community region.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) representatives included Brig Stephen Huria, Col Patrick Nkaduda, Lt Col Orwa Odhiambo, Lt Col Stephen Lobokot, Maj Abdullah Kalicha, and Maj Dickson Mawia On the other hand, the UPDF delegation comprised Brig Gen Michael Nyarwa, Commander Marines, Col David Lumumba, Col Yunus Bagada, Col Moses Wandira, Lt Col Fred Wemba, and Lt Col Hamza Kasaijja among others.

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