India helps Uganda to set up military war game centre
India helps Uganda to set up military war game centre

India helps Uganda to set up military war game centre

  • Indian Association in Uganda, with help of the Indian Military training team, set up a military war game centre in Jinja district. On Sunday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni inaugurated the war game centre conceptualised by Indian military team for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF).
  • While commissioning the wargame centre at the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka in Jinja District, the the President said, “This centre is also a great gesture of the wider cooperation and support we enjoy with the government and the people of India.”
  • He also hailed the relationship between the UPDF and the Indian army which he said has a lot of knowledge, experience and heroism.
  • “Our relationship with India has existed for centuries. We were colonised together by a small group of people who came from Europe, but when we all woke up, and the small groups ran away. During that time, we fought together first against the Japanese in Burma. The heroic Indians are the ones who stopped the westward expansion of Japan at the famous battle of Kohima,”
  • The war game centre is named ‘INDIA’ and is a type of strategy game that simulates warfare realistically, as opposed to abstract strategy games such as chess.
  • It is a fitting token of gratitude from the Indian community of Uganda for the UPDF, which has been the stabilising force in Uganda and the region for over three decades.
  • The war game centre, constructed with an amount of over 1 billion Ugandan Shillings ($265,000), has been funded by voluntary contributions from Ugandans of Indian origin.
  • The landmark training aid will help make the UPDF Senior Command and Staff College a centre of excellence in the entire region and it will remain a lasting symbol of the special bond that Indians in Uganda share with UPDF and India shares with Uganda.

About UPDF-

  • The Uganda People’s Defence Force, previously known as the National Resistance Army, is the armed forces of Uganda. From 2007 to 2011, the International Institute for Strategic Studies estimated the UPDF had a total strength of 40,000–45,000 and consisted of land forces and an air wing.
  • Headquarters–Kampala, Uganda

About Uganda-

  • Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria.
  • Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds.Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary.
  • Capital–Kampala
  • Currency – Ugandan Shilling
  • President– Yoweri Museveni

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