AGABA CONTRIBUTION TO PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS
In line with the objectives of AGABA as a Civil Society Organization; and in consistence with the AU constitutive Act, AGABA this month registers a historical landmark along the Africa Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) roadmap. The Personnel of the Organization will be part of EASF force declared ready to respond to security & humanitarian crisises both in the Eastern Africa Region & elsewhere on the African Continent come end of the ongoing Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Command Post Exercise (CPX) in Adama, Ethiopia. Under the African Peace and Security (APSA) the EASF is part of the African Standby Force (ASF) Most of this year has been building capacity of AGABA personnel staff as part of Eastern Africa Standby Force in preparation for the Exercise. Initially, achieving readiness, refered to as full operating capability (FOC) was by 2015. Given the urgency in the region it has been fast tracked. The Regional Council of Ministers of Defence and Security of the ten Member States had to bring forward the date to the end of 2014. The CPX is code named “MASHARIKI SALAAM”. It is the platform intended to test the readiness. AGABA staff attends as part of the control structures exercising the force. Preparations started last month with the AGABA staff under EASF attending a pre-Command Post Exercise Course (CPX). Further to capacity building other staff are at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), Nairobi, Kenya on an intensive course on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of beleagurent forces. From Uganda only personnel staff from AGABA as a Civil Society Organisation are participating in the Exercise save for Pan Africa. The the Exercise participants are approximately three hundred and ten including military, police & civilians together refered to as a multinational & multidimensional force.