The Monitor (Kampala)

Uganda: Museveni to Commission Armoured Warfare School

Kampala — President Yoweri Museveni is to commission the first East Africa School of Armoured Warfare at Kalama in Mubende district.

According to a tentative programme released by the UPDF, the academy will be commissioned this Saturday as part of the activities marking the Army Week.

The programme indicates that the President will lay a foundation stone and plant a memorial tree at the academy.

According to the army, the school will accommodate military students from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania under the East African Community Defence Cooperation.

Uganda is already hosting the Command and Staff College at Jinja for the East African forces.

Another military school under the East African defence protocol was opened at Butiaba on the Lake Albert area on Wednesday.

The Butiaba School is for artillery and air defence training.

Military sources said the school at Kalama has already admitted soldiers from the East African region.

Tanzania is to be used by the East African forces to train officer cadets while Kenya will take on military personnel in other fields.

The establishment of joint military academies is one of the ways the East African states want to harmonise the divergent defence mechanisms as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania head for a political federation.

Recently, President Museveni said that a team of experts appointed by the three Heads of State recommended for an elected regional President by the end of year 2013.

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