Gen Mbadi: African intelligence must guide political wing on armed groups

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The Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa hosted by Uganda’s External Security Organisation has kicked off with the main focus on armed groups and negative forces and their nexus to terrorism.

The Heads of intelligence and security services from 12 African countries today, convened at Pearl of Africa hotel in Kampala to discuss key security concerns.

The Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa Executive Secretary (ES), Mr. Shimeles W.Semaya, in his opening remarks said the choice of the theme is derived from Uganda’s experience with the challenge of negative forces.

“The theme of the workshop “armed groups and negative forces and their nexus to terrorism has been well chosen and is relevant to the region,” Semaya said.

The Director General Organisation of Uganda, Amb. Joseph Ocwet, said the conference is a good opportunity to share views and experiences in order to chat ways forward on how to maintain security in the region.

The Chief guest Deputy UPDF CDF, Lt. Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, said the conference is timely to the African continent and international community to discuss challenges of the region and also perfect delivery of peace to our African people.

Lt. Gen. Mbadi cited an urgent need for African intelligence to guide the political wing on how to effectively deal with emerging security challenges especially armed groups.

“The government of Uganda takes this opportunity to extend it’s appreciation to the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) for its continued support towards ensuring peace on the African continent,” Mbadi said.

He added: “This conference is timely to the African continent and international community to discuss challenges of the region and also perfect delivery of peace to our African people.”

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