DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) is
hosting the 2017 joint command forces training for five member
states of the East African Community (EAC), a senior army
official said on Tuesday.
Alfred Kapinga, TPDF’s Head of Operations and Training, said the
17-day training which started on Monday has brought together 300
participants from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi,
adding that the training was conducted at the TPDF Training
Centre in Dar es Salaam.
The training will be
officially launched by the Minister for Defence and National
Service, Hussein Mwinyi, on Friday, Kapinga told a news
He said Tanzania’s
107 participants in the training were from TPDF, the police
force, prisons, immigration department, Tanzania Intelligence
and Security Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the
Prime Minister’s Office, etc.
“The training is
based on operations in peace support, counterterrorism, counter
piracy and disaster management,” said Kapinga.
He added that the
training was aimed at enhancing cooperation among EAC member
states on military training, application of EAC’s standing
operation procedures and providing the trainees with knowledge
with international humanitarian law.
Kapinga said the
most recent challenge was piracy in the Indian Ocean, adding
that it was necessary to train the participants for the sake of
assuring security was guaranteed in member states.
He said the training
will involve higher ranking commanders who have the
responsibility to plan and arrange the operation techniques in
various operations to be conducted.
The joint military
training has been active since the re-establishment of the EAC