The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) director, Abdillahi Omar Bouh, who is on an official visit to Rwanda from 15th to 22nd October, on Wednesday met the inspector general of police Emmanuel K. Gasana to discuss enhanced cooperation through capacity building.
“We want to keep enhancing the existing cooperation between EASF and RNP as a key partner in EASF mandate,” Bouh said.
EASF is one of the five regional forces for peace-support operations with military, police and civilian components. Its objective is to provide capability for rapid deployment of forces to carry out preventive deployment, rapid intervention, peace support and peace enforcement. Its ten member states are Rwanda (the current chair), Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.
“It’s essential that we continue to improve our cooperation and train our people to ensure more efficiency in the interest of keeping our region and the world safer,” the EASF director said
During the meeting, Bouh and IGP Gasana also discussed the progress of the preparations for a regional field training exercise that will be held in Port Sudan next month with participants from 10 member states of EASF.
“The training will mainly focus on how prepared the forces are since EASF reached its full operational capability in 2014. The training will demonstrate and validate the multidimensional force readiness in case of a quick intervention call,” Bouh explained.
Following the meeting with Gasana, Bouh visited the Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari where he toured the peacekeeping training wing that has offered peacekeeping training to hundreds of police officers from different countries with the support of among others EASF.
Bouh also spoke with police officers following a training of trainers at the Peace Support Operation wing at PTS and was given a demo on public order maintenance.
Earlier in the week, Bouh received at the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) headquarters in Kimihurura by the Minister of Defence, Gen James Kabarebe, together with the chief of defence staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.
He said that his visit to Rwanda was aimed at introducing himself as the new EASF Director, and that he wanted to update the ministry of defence and RDF leadership on the progress of the preparations of the field training exercise in Port Sudan.
“We need to have all member states jointly and well in training to be ready for any intervention in the region” he emphasized.
The EASF director also visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay respect to the victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. He was briefed on how the Genocide was planned and executed.
He also went to the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze and to the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako that conducts pre-deployment training for peacekeepers.