Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has signed an intelligence-sharing agreement with its Egyptian counterpart, Egyptian Military Intelligence Department (MID), to facilitate collaboration in fighting terrorism and a number of other criminal activities.
CMI chief Maj Gen Abel Kandiho said the “two agencies [will] share resourceful intelligence on a regular basis” regarding the aforementioned operations.
According to the UPDF Deputy Spokesman Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, said that the Memorandum of Understanding was a follow-up of the first meeting the two agencies held in Cairo-Egypt in December 2020.
Maj Gen Sameh Saber El-Degwi, who represented MID at Serena Hotel, Kigo to sign the agreement on April 7, said that cooperation is crucial, as both countries share mutual challenges.
"The fact that Uganda and Egypt share the Nile, cooperation between the two countries is inevitable because what affects Ugandans will in one way or another affect Egypt," he said.
Other military officials that attended the function include the Chief of Personnel and Administration Maj Gen George Igumba, Chief Political Commissar (CPC) Maj Gen Henry Matsiko, Defence Spokesperson Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso.
The Egyptian delegation was in Uganda on a four-day. Uganda, which maintains strong defense ties with Egypt, has played a crucial role in combating terrorism in the region, with army deployments in countries like Somalia, South Sudan and Central African Republic, which have extensive insurgencies.