Defence Co-operation - Mountain Warfare Expertise Mission
Two French instructors of the 27th Mountain Infantry Battalion and two others belonging to the Military School supervised, for 3 weeks, the training of future instructors of the Mountain Warfare Training Centre (MWTC).
During this period, an intermediate level course (level II), centred on the techniques of movement on a high mountain, and a parallel basic course (level III) centred on the discovery of the area, were successfully conducted.
Thus, the 20 trainees who had attained the basic level (level III) during the first training periods of November 2015 and June 2016, acquired the superior level (level II), and progressed in the learning of the technical know-how. The ascent of Mutinda Peak by the 29 trainees and 04 instructors, a summit less hiked and wild of an altitude of 3975m, marked the end of the training. The success rate, totally remarkable, equally showed the physical, technical preparation and the will displayed by the UPDF. The course ended on 01 December 2016 with the presentation of certificates to the UPDF soldiers having successfully passed the final tests. This ceremony took place at KILEMBE (KASESE DISTRICT).
The next course is supposed to take place during the first half of 2017 to finalise the training of these futures instructors. The arrival of new equipment to the benefit of UPDF should allow the ascent of Margerita Peak which is 5119m at its highest point, therefore, realising the appropriation of know-how of movement, camping, which will give (the trainees) the capacity of mastering the high mountain area.