Uganda and Tanzania have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure defence and security of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Project that will run from Hoima District in Bunyoro Region to the port of Tanga in Tanzania.
Defence and Veteran Affairs Minister, Mr Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempiijja, says the undertakings will facilitate the respective institutions to share information and intelligence besides working together to confront threats like terrorism, arms and drug trafficking, cyber security, trafficking of game trophies, illegal migration and a sabotage of critical infrastructure including the crude oil pipeline as well as addressing other emerging threats like epidemics.
“I have no doubt that a lot of ground has been covered in this direction and with the finalisation of the legal process, the MOU will be concluded.” The minister says.
The Minister of Defence of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Stergomena L. Tax, pledges that Tanzania will always ensure that the MOU is honoured and the EACOP is kept safe against any sabotage.
The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, observes the need to rely on one another’s neighbour’s to find solutions to fight security threats that particularly disrupt the operations of the EACOP and other security issues.
The Chief of Defence Forces of Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Forces, Gen Venance Salvatore Mabeyo, says the East African Crude Oil Pipeline is a strategic project of mutual benefit to both Uganda and Tanzania and its protection lies within the defence of the security organs of the two countries.
“We need to be vigilant on ourselves,” he said.
The Tanzanian technical team was led by Gen Elias Athanas while the Ugandan team was led by Brig Gen Asingura Kagoro.
The function was held at Protea Skyz Hotel, Kampala.