Uganda Acquires Military Academy

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Uganda has acquired an international military college.

The prestigious military college is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Uganda and the Eastern Africa Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM) at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters –Mbuya, on Friday June 13, 2014, the UPDF’s Junior Command and Staff College acquired a new name of Uganda Joint Command and Staff College and gained a Regional and International Status under Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF).

The Memorandum of Understanding that entered into force with immediate effect was signed by Uganda’s Ministry of Defence Under Secretary, Mrs. Edith Buturo and the Director for EASFCOM, Ambassador Chanfi Issimail in the presence of UPDF and EASF senior officials.

The development follows an adoption of a Policy framework, on 29 January 2011, which requires the EASF to develop training Centers of Excellence with the capacity to train the three levels of peace support operations at the tactical, operational and strategic levels; and a resolution reached by the Council of Ministers of Defence and Security of the Eastern Africa Region, during its 9th extra ordinary meeting at Kampala on 5th April 2013, where Uganda authorized EASFCOM to negotiate the requisite agreements with the relevant for the benefit of a regional training Institution at UPDF’s Junior Command and Staff College – Jinja.

Uganda Joint Command and Staff College (UJCSC) will now train military, police and civilian students from not only the ten EASF member states but also other members of the African Union and the world at large, in order to share and benefit from an exchange of academic experience and Ideas. Its objective is to strengthen capacity and capability in the area of peace support operations of EASF, aimed at preventing and resolving conflicts in the region.

UJCSC will remains under the ownership and control of the Government of Uganda but will adopt regional approaches to achieve the objectives of the EASF and receive support from EASF in its staffing, curriculum and development.

The College will conduct Peace Support Operation trainings taking into account EASF and AU priority training needs regarding the African Standby Force. It shall be run on a curriculum that responds to the evolving Regional needs and Continental requirements. The official languages to be employed in the delivery of the training shall be English, French, and Arabic, according to the needs of the training audience.

Participants from EASF member states, who complete training, shall be placed in the EASF sub region database to facilitate future mobilization and deployment.

In order to maximize the benefits from regional training and improve coordination and standardization of training offered by various Regional Training Institutions in the EASF Member States and beyond, the Government of Uganda will have UJCSC join regional and Continental forums formed by training Institutions.

The college will be funded by Member National Governments, self generated national and international funding and funds that EASFCOM shall mobiles from various sources, that shall be subject to audit based on International accounting principles and any other specific standards set by the donor, if any.

The Eastern Africa Standby Force is a regional organization established as part of the African Standby Force, under the Peace and Security Council of the African Union. Consisting of Military, Police and Civilian components, the EASF was established as a regional mechanism to provide capability for rapid deployment of forces to carry out preventive deployment, rapid intervention, peace support/stability operations and peace enforcement in Eastern Africa Region. The Member states are Uganda, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti,

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