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Uganda sends troops to Equatorial Guinea for capacity building

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military has sent a team of 100 officers to Equatorial Guinea to help build capacity and professionalization of the west African nation’s army, a spokesperson said here on Tuesday.

Brig. Richard Karemire, Uganda’s military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) training and mentoring team will help in training, equipping and building capacity in a bid for the country to have a professional army.

The group under the leadership of Lt. Col. Wycliff Keita will be in the west African country for one year under a bilateral agreement and a Pan Africanism cause.

“It’s true we have sent our troops in line with section 40 of the UPDF and Pan African goals in helping, supporting and building capacity of each army,” said Karemire.

Uganda has been helping in building the capacities, equipping and training of regional armies and police force.

The Ugandan military helped train and build capacity of the Somalia soldiers in its bid to help pacify and stabilize the volatile Horn of African country.

The Uganda Police Force is currently training over 100 police officers from Somalia and South Sudan at its training School in Kabalye in midwestern Uganda.



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