Malawi to host SADC Standby Force Defence Exercises

Lilongwe: Malawi is set to host the Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) Standby Force Command at the Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima.

The Standby Force Command dubbed Umodzi Exercise will be held from 1st to 15th October.

Addressing the media in Lilongwe, Exercise Director, Major General Alick Mhone said the exercise will harmonise the SADC Standby Force (SF) preparatory procedures on what they should do, how they should work and how they should communicate when a crises like wars and genocide come.

The SF will be on standby in January, 2019 to be deployed anywhere in Africa where there will be need and this will assist them when they are deployed in the countries, he said.

He disclosed that the exercise focuses on a core undertaking testing mission leadership, command management including critical staff compliments.

Director of Information and SADC National Media Coordinator for Malawi, Gideon Keith Munthali said it is an honour that Malawi has been chosen to host this exercise as it is an important exercise that is involving militaries from the SADC region.

He said the exercise will not only increase the feeling of security but will also increase the feeling of belonging to a big strong region.

This training is different from other trainings as it may involve a heavy presence of military officers, military hardware as well as military planes flying in the country and with all those kind of things people might begin to speculate or be afraid that something wrong is happening in the county but the public has to know that it is a normal military exercise that Malawi has been ordered to host, said Munthali.

Internal Communication and Relations Officer in the SADC Communication and PR Unit, Jocelyne Lukundula said it is important to participate in this exercise because it will bring together citizens of the same region.

She said SADC is planning to do a documentary about this exercise and share it around the world in order to show people how ready the region is for the exercise.

The exercise will bring together members from the military, police, correctional services and civilian sectors from all SADC regions as part of preparations for the standby force and will also help inform citizens of the SADC region that their region owns a military force to intervene anytime.

The exercise will test operational level structures of peace support operations (PSO) and to some extent validate actions of tactical levels in line with the strategic framework captured in the exercise mission.

The focus will also be on multidimensional mission level deployment of headquarters staff compromising all components, civilian, military and police in specific.

It is expected that a total of 600 participants from SADC countries such as Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe will participate in the exercise.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Malawi to host SADC Standby Force Defence Exercises

Lilongwe: Malawi is set to host the Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) Standby Force Command at the Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima.

The Standby Force Command dubbed Umodzi Exercise will be held from 1st to 15th October.

Addressing the media in Lilongwe, Exercise Director, Major General Alick Mhone said the exercise will harmonise the SADC Standby Force (SF) preparatory procedures on what they should do, how they should work and how they should communicate when a crises like wars and genocide come.

The SF will be on standby in January, 2019 to be deployed anywhere in Africa where there will be need and this will assist them when they are deployed in the countries, he said.

He disclosed that the exercise focuses on a core undertaking testing mission leadership, command management including critical staff compliments.

Director of Information and SADC National Media Coordinator for Malawi, Gideon Keith Munthali said it is an honour that Malawi has been chosen to host this exercise as it is an important exercise that is involving militaries from the SADC region.

He said the exercise will not only increase the feeling of security but will also increase the feeling of belonging to a big strong region.

This training is different from other trainings as it may involve a heavy presence of military officers, military hardware as well as military planes flying in the country and with all those kind of things people might begin to speculate or be afraid that something wrong is happening in the county but the public has to know that it is a normal military exercise that Malawi has been ordered to host, said Munthali.

Internal Communication and Relations Officer in the SADC Communication and PR Unit, Jocelyne Lukundula said it is important to participate in this exercise because it will bring together citizens of the same region.

She said SADC is planning to do a documentary about this exercise and share it around the world in order to show people how ready the region is for the exercise.

The exercise will bring together members from the military, police, correctional services and civilian sectors from all SADC regions as part of preparations for the standby force and will also help inform citizens of the SADC region that their region owns a military force to intervene anytime.

The exercise will test operational level structures of peace support operations (PSO) and to some extent validate actions of tactical levels in line with the strategic framework captured in the exercise mission.

The focus will also be on multidimensional mission level deployment of headquarters staff compromising all components, civilian, military and police in specific.

It is expected that a total of 600 participants from SADC countries such as Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe will participate in the exercise.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA