President Uhuru: Military games a pillar of regional integration

EYEAFRICA TV: Nairobi, The 12th edition of the East Africa Community (EAC) Military Games and Cultural Event 2019, ended over the weekend at the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the closing ceremony, where he said the military games have helped in consolidating among the member states.
The military and cultural event is organised within the EAC Framework for Cooperation in Defence and in accordance with Article 125 of the Treaty and Article 2 of the Protocol on Cooperation in Defence Affairs which include military training, joint operations, visits and exchange of information.
The regional bloc with a population of over 120 million people has been recently engulfed with terror attacks, as it became the most vulnerable to terrorism of all regions in sub-Saharan Africa. “It has helped in deepening and widening cooperation among partner states, which resonates well with our efforts to build bridges of unity and fraternity within the region,” President Kenyatta said.
He praised the protection of freedom of people of the East African region and for keeping them safe, highlighting the military’s vital role in maintaining regional peace, the foundation for deeper and broader economic, political, social and cultural integration.
“I therefore thank our gallant soldiers for keeping our people safe and protecting our freedoms. You are an asset to your respective nations and collectively to the community as a whole,” President Kenyatta said.
Mr. Kenyatta also recognised South Sudan’s maiden participation in the regional event, saying the 12th edition of EAC military games and cultural event heralds a new era within the community.
East Africa has experienced prolonged and severe intra- and inter-state conflict, leading to instability, poverty, and political isolation that made it vulnerable to terrorist exploitation.
South Sudan is said to be the host for the next edition of the annual military games come next year.

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