KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Military forces from the East African region, the United States and
the European Union (EU) on Tuesday kicked off a two-week joint
military training exercise in Rwanda.
The Shared Accord
2018 exercise from Aug. 14 to 29 in Rwanda Military Academy-Gako in
southern Rwanda consists of a command post exercise and a medical
The exercise is reportedly aimed to improve the capability of
Eastern African countries to respond to regional security threats.
"The training exercise is very important because it will
contribute to the strengthening of participants’ capacities by
sharing their knowledge and experience," said Patrick Nyamvumba,
Chief of Defence Staff of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), at the launch
of the exercise at the academy.
Rwanda remains committed to giving its contribution towards
achieving global peace, he said.
The exercise will include scenarios related to conducting
peacekeeping operations under the United Nations Multidimensional
Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.
The military drill will enhance East African troops’ preparedness
and readiness to respond to threats in security across the region,
said Lapthe Flora, assistant adjutant for strategic initiatives for
the U.S. Virginia Army National Guard,
The exercise has attracted military personnel from Botswana,
Gabon, Germany, Malawi, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Republic of
Congo, Senegal, the United States, Zambia and Rwanda as well as the
United Nations (UN) and International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).
Shared Accord is a military exercise focusing on Africa’s
capability and interoperability in support of peace keeping
operations of the UN and the African Union.
Former African leaders urge
African countries to
use home-grown solutions to solve challenges
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Former African leaders on Thursday said African
leaders and policy makers should strengthen and embrace home-grown
solutions to find sustainable solutions for challenges faced by
"Africa needs to develop home-grown strategies to achieve the
sustainable development goals," said former president of Mozambique
Joaquim Chissano at the fifth African Leadership Forum that kicked
off Thursday in Rwandan capital Kigali.
He emphasized Africans are best placed to deal with African
challenges without external influence and they should start now.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, former President of Somalia, also said
African leaders and policy makers have to start looking for
solutions internally. He urged African countries to have boldness
and bravery to customize their systems to suit African culture.
"The problem of Africa cannot be blamed on anyone else except
us," said former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. African
countries can learn many lessons from one another, especially in
terms of getting on the path to sustainable social and economic
development, he added.
The two-day meeting also brought together close to 100
participants from the public sector, private sector, academia and
It was conceived of as a space for Africa’s eminent elders to
interact with current and future leaders around the strategic
challenges facing the continent.