EA police chiefs liaise over cybercrime, trafficking

26Apr 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
EA police chiefs liaise over cybercrime, trafficking

HEADS of police forces from seven Eastern and Central African countries are meeting in Dar es Salaam to discuss cross border crimes including human trafficking and cybercrime.

Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro (gesturing) briefs journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday shortly after opening a meeting of police force heads from seven Eastern and Central African countries lined up to deliberate on cross-border crimes, including human trafficking and cybercrime. Others are his counterparts Dan Munyuza of Rwanda (to his right) and Dieudonne Amuli Bahigwa of Democratic Republic of Congo (2nd-L). Left is Director of Criminal Investigations Robert Boaz. Photo: Correspondent Miraji Msala

The meeting involved inspector generals of police from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Mozambique.

Speaking yesterday, Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro said the meeting will among other things enable them to draw up common strategies to combat and take serious legal action against the culprits.

“We have been working together in various matters related to our work. In this we are striving to ensure that we come up with common strategies which will help seek out and overcome cross border crime,” he said.

The collaboration will help to reveal suspects in their hideouts when the police are not hindered by administrative boundaries, he said.

For his part, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) IGP Dieudonne Bahigwa said his country faces challenges by terrorists who conduct crimes and hide in neighbouring countries. 

The meeting will go a long way to map out how to control such activities and fish out all the thugs in their hideouts, he asserted.

He cited ADF rebels operating in his country saying there is need for collaboration to ensure that the region remains safe.

 Currently, collaboration with other countries has helped to weaken the rebel group, he said, underlying that more is needed.

Kenyan Senior Assistant Inspector General Julius Kanampiu cited the recent terror incident at DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi, saying it can help in any country hence there is need to work together.

Due to the challenge Kenya is determined to work with other countries to ensure this does not happen again.

The Rwanda Inspector General of Police Danny Munyuza said the meeting has come at the right time when cross border crime is increasingly an issue.

“This will help us to create a platform for sharing intelligence which facilitates the arrest of suspects and bring them to book,” he stated.

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