By Kampala Post Reporter
The 11th edition of East African Community (EAC) Military Games and Cultural Events closed in the Burundian capital Bujumbura on 05 Sept 2017. Held at Prince Luis Rwagasore National Stadium, the games attracted four of the five EAC member states of; the host Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The First Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E Gaston Sindimwo on behalf of the President of the Republic of Burundi was the Chief Guest at a colourful ceremony.
In his remarks, H.E Gaston Sindimwo congratulated all players and organisers for making the 11th EAC Edition Military Games and Cultural Event a success.
“While each individual in each of the teams fought hard to score that extra goal, and to run the fastest race to raise the national flags, collectively our national flags constituted a single winning flag, the flag of the East African Community that symbolizes a collective unity of the people of East Africa,” he said.
He thanked the organisers and the Defense leaders of EAC Partner States for the constant support and commitment to the EAC Military Games. He described the participation of the troops in sports as an engine for friendship, solidarity, cooperation and comradeship that runs the community as people of one destiny.
The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs of Burundi, Hon Emmanuel NtahoMvukiye in his speech noted that through sports, soldiers have got the opportunity to interact with fellow comrades and also keep fit as Forces in the East African Community. Lt Gen Prime Nyongabo, Burundi Chief of General Staff appealed to EAC Member states to always work together for the interest of the EAC partner states and Military relations through joint activities as required by Article 2 of the EAC protocol.
Uganda was represented by the Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs Bright Rwamirama, Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt General Wilson Mbadi, and Uganda’s Defence attaché to Burundi, Brig Fred Tolit.
UPDF-Mission Uganda overall won a silver medal in Netball and football, bronze medal in volleyball, cross country and basketball coming second after Kenya, Tanzania in the third position while the host Burundi came in the fourth position.
Burundi last held the sixth edition of EAC Military Games and Cultural events in 2011.