Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) drew 2-2 with Burundi army in the ongoing East African Community Military Games.
The opening was officiated by vice president, H. E. Edward Ssekandi, at Mandela National stadium (Namboole).
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, who thinks “games are like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority”, says the games will end on August 26.
Also present are Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda Military teams.
The players are categorized in five disciplines; Football, Basketball, Handball, Netball and Athletism.
The games are aimed at building cohesion and exchange of culture among EAC military Institutions.
The objective of the Military Sports and Culture event is also to contribute to confidence building and nurturing a spirit of sportsmanship among the EAC Defence Forces as well as for the individual soldiers to demonstrate their immense talents and diverse rich cultures.
The Military Games and Culture Event are held within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Defence, which was signed in 1998 and revised in 2001.
The MoU has specific provisions for areas of co-operation which are visits and exchange of information to which Sports and Cultural is encompassed, joint military training, joint operations and technical cooperation among the EAC Defence Forces.
The first EAC Military Games and Cultural Event was held in Uganda in 2005, the second was in Kenya in 2006, the third in Tanzania in 2007, Uganda hosted the fourth edition in 2008, the fifth was hosted in Rwanda in 2009, Burundi hosted the sixth edition in 2011, the 7th was held in Kenya in 2013 and the 8th edition in Zanzibar in 2014.