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PHOTOS: Gen Kainerugaba Visits Egyptian Air Defence Forces Headquarters

posted onMarch 21, 2022

On his fifth day in Cairo, the Commander of Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba visited the headquarters of the Egyptian Air Defence Forces where he met the unit's commander Maj Gen Mohamed Hegazy who guided him on the tour of the facility.

"Today, I visited the headquarters of the Egyptian Air Defence Forces and was received and taken on a tour of their facilities by Maj. General Mohamed Hegazy, Commander of the Egyptian Air Defence Forces," Gen Kainerugaba told The KampalaPost after the visit.

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It should be recalled that Gen Kainerugaba, who is also the senior presidential adviser on Special Operations, on Sunday met the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for a discussion on bolstering military cooperation between Uganda and Egypt.

It was their first meeting in twelve years.

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The army chief said President Sisi "promised to strongly support greater Egyptian-Ugandan military relations." 

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Gen Kainerugaba also met Lt Gen Osama Askar, the chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, on March 18. 

The two generals met at the Egyptian Ministry of Defence where they held a private meeting.

Gen Kainerugaba was accompanied by his Military Assistant Col McDans Kamugira and Brig Gen Metland Bitumbika who is the Ugandan defense attache to Cairo.

The Egyptian military chief of staff was with his colleagues Maj Gen Khaled Megawer, Chief of Intelligence authority, Major General Osama Ezzat, head of the Armed Forces Armament Authority and the Egyptian Defence Attache to Uganda Brig-Gen Hanny Hassanin.

The generals discussed a number of issues of mutual interest in the fields of military cooperation and the exchange of experiences between the armed forces of both countries to achieve the common interests of both sides.

Gen Kainerugaba hailed the efforts made by Egypt and its armed forces to support security and stability efforts on the African continent, stressing the keenness of Uganda to support new horizons for military cooperation in future.

"We discussed enhancing our strategic defence alliance and building on more than 25 years of defence cooperation. There will be greater and more solid actions in pursuit of our common security interests in the region," Gen Kainerugaba said in a tweet.

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces stressed Egypt's pride in the historical relations and ties with Uganda and the willingness of the General Command of the Egyptian Armed Forces to increase the bonds of cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries in various fields.

After the meeting, Gen Kainerugaba visited the Egyptian Air Force Museum also located in Cairo. The Museum presents the history of Egyptian aviation including a number of aircraft that were used in past battles.

Gen Kainerugaba thanked his hosts, noting that it is a good thing to preserve such history for purposes of teaching young people and adults about their country.

From the Museum, the Ugandan CLF visited the Egyptian National Service Projects Organization (NSPO), the business arm of the Egyptian Armed Forces which is an equivalent of the National Enterprise Corporation of the UPDF.

At the NSPS, Gen Kainerugaba held several meetings with senior officers in charge of the organization.

Relations between Egypt and Uganda have witnessed significant development following the visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Uganda in December 2016. 

In May 2018, President Yoweri Museveni visited Cairo and met with his Egyptian counterpart. 

A number of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed between the two countries and some are already in motion, for instance, the enterprise units of both countries' armies are already cooperating in animal production.

In April of 2021, Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) signed an intelligence-sharing agreement with its Egyptian counterpart, the Egyptian Military Intelligence Department (MID), to facilitate collaboration in fighting terrorism and a number of other criminal activities.

Then CMI chief Maj Gen Abel Kandiho said the “two agencies [will] share resourceful intelligence on a regular basis” regarding the aforementioned operations.

The UPDF 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 said that cooperation was 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.

Uganda and Egypt enjoy strong, friendly relations because of the common vision the two states share towards several international and regional issues, including water, terrorism, and regional crises.

Egypt has provided Uganda with training programs in combating terrorism at the Egyptian military faculties to promote security and defense cooperation between the two countries as well as other training programs in water management, health, agriculture and media.

In May 2014, Egypt trained 10 Ugandan technicians on designing, building and maintaining rainwater harvesting dams, as part of a $2-million grant offered by Egypt to implement a number of rainwaters harvesting dams in Uganda.

Egypt runs, in partnership with Uganda, a megaproject called the Uganda-Egypt Aquatic Weed Control, launched in 1998, with an estimated investment of $20million, to eliminate water weeds from Ugandan lakes; in addition to other projects which aim to improve the lives of fishermen in different areas.

In 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two countries, in which Egypt donated $4.5 million to Uganda to construct water catchment dams, boreholes, and fish ponds. Egyptian investments in Uganda also include the Cairo International Bank, Egypt Air, Mantrac Uganda ltd, Arab Contractors, al-Nasr Export and Import Company, and African Development Incorporation.

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