East Africa standby force hangs in the balance


By EDMUND KAGIRE
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The future of the Eastern African Standby Force (EASF) is in doubt due to bickering between partner states and the slow pace of regional integration.

This is despite efforts by member countries to rejuvenate the force, which is mandated to enhance peace and security in the region.

The EASF, which is one of the five regional multidimensional forces under the African Standby Force, has faced scrutiny in recent years for failing to intervene in conflicts, including the 2015 violence in Burundi.

Last week, at the 24th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers for Defence and Security from the Eastern Africa region in Kigali, defence ministers committed to rejuvenate the force to deal with security threats affecting the region.

But observers say the future of the…

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