22 Jun 2016 15:00pm
GOBABIS, 22 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) will conduct a joint military exercise in the Omaheke Region between 15 August and 04 September 2016.
The exercise, code-named 'Hanganee 1', will be manned by about 1 000 military personnel from both countries.
Announcing the operation to the media on Friday, the director of the project, NDF Brigadier-General Joseph Hatutale Kakoto, said the military exercise emanated from the resolutions of a Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) between the two countries held in Gaborone, Botswana.
Hanganee 1 follows on the heels of a similar operation conducted in Botswana during 2014, dubbed 'Tswarangano'.
The military operation is aimed at testing relations and cohesion between the two armies in the event that they are called upon to conduct joint peacekeeping and support missions in line with the broad Southern African Development Community (SADC) peace and security spectrum.
The training will be simulation of such a mission, which will amongst others see the soldiers conduct community outreach programmes including renovations of ailing school infrastructure within the Omaheke Region.
The general areas where the exercise is going to take place is at the Mokganedi Tlhabanello High School in Drimiopsis, Dr. Fisher Primary School at Onderombapa and at Tsjaka Primary School, Kakoto said.
BDF delegation leader, Colonel Rebaone Bodiba, who is also the exercise deputy director, said his country was pleased to be working with the NDF on the exercise.
He noted that Hanganee 1 will enhance cultural exchanges between the two countries, which could in turn benefit the two countries' military relations.
Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele emphasised the importance of a healthy military relationship between the two countries, noting that such a relationship stands to benefit both countries equally.