Military partnership in the Rwenzori [fr]
The Ugandan President announced the opening of a center for mountaineering warfare. This center aims to enable UPDF units to develop the necessary skills to fight and survive in a highland environment characterized by hostile climate conditions and dangerous landscape.
On the 17th of June 2016, H.E. Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France to Uganda, and President Museveni visited the region of Rwenzori to attend a military training of Ugandan troops. This exercise was conducted by a French detachment coming from Djibouti where French troops are permanently stationed. The Air Force Major General, Philippe Montocchio commanding the French military forces in Djibouti came specifically on purpose to attend the training.
On this occasion, the President warmly congratulated the French trainers for their work. He said he was impressed by the level reached by Ugandan trainees after only 7 weeks of training. At the end of the program, these trainees will become the next generation of mountaineering warfare instructors of the new center.
The President expressed his willingness to protect the beautiful region of Rwenzori, prone to instability resulting from localized but recurrent conflicts. This insecurity jeopardizes the economic development of neighboring communities, impairing the tourism industry.
What is more, the Ugandan President declared the opening of a center for mountaineering warfare. This center aims to enable UPDF units to develop the necessary skills to fight and survive in a highland environment characterized by hostile climate conditions and dangerous landscape.
H.E. Sophie Makame assured that France would continue to support the implementation of this training program for mountaineering warfare.