Nam soldiers off to Botswana for joint military exercise

23 Jul 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - Over 200 members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) left for neighbouring Botswana this week to take part in a joint military training exercise in that country.
This military training exercise will begin on Sunday at Ghanzi, and will be running until 15 August this year.
Namibia has committed 216 soldiers to that exercise.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Petrus Shivute announced this in a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday morning, saying the joint military exercise is aimed at enhancing cooperation between the defence forces of the two countries.
He said the exercise is further aimed at fostering the existing good relations and interactions amongst the troops, harmonise military operations and help to encourage cultural exchanges between the men and women in uniform.
“This joint military exercise follows the resolution of the 22nd Session of the Botswana/ Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security which was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 14 to 15 November 2012,” said Shivute.
The Permanent Secretary further said the joint military exercise will include some cultural activities, where troops from both countries will perform various traditional dances.
The soldiers are also tasked with conducting outreach programmes at villages in the proximity of the exercise area, where military medical doctors and nurses will provide medical services to the inhabitants of those villages.
The military engineers of the two defence forces will be assisting to rehabilitate some of the public infrastructure in those villages and surrounding areas.
A similar joint military exercise will be held in Namibia at a place and date to be determined by both countries at a later stage.