Rwandan authorities said they had stepped up efforts to strengthen the country’s capacity in the fight against transnational organized crime.
Speaking at a meeting on fighting cross border crimes on Tuesday, Evode Uwizeyimana, Rwanda’s state minister for constitutional and legal affairs said the country is reinforcing its security agencies to respond to cross-border crimes.
“We have ensured enhanced cooperation with other countries whereby the Rwanda police is in close collaboration with other neighboring security agencies to counter cross-border crimes and other organized crimes,” he added.
Uwizeyimana noted that Rwanda police, alert to the variety of cross-border criminal activities and the dangers they pose to national and regional security, have arrested smugglers and other criminals on different occasions.
He also pointed the media’s weakness as one of ways through which such offences are committed and recommended tough monitoring of different channels especially online media, saying they seem to be less careful when it comes to publishing viewers’ comments, some of which he feels they bring harm to the country’s people.
Common transnational crimes Rwanda has faced include human trafficking, smuggling of arms, drugs and other illegal animal and plant products.
The one-day meeting chaired by Rwanda’s senate president Bernard Makuza sought stringent measures to strengthen Rwanda’s capacity of fighting transnational crimes.
The forum concurred that sharing of experiences, information and skills between Rwanda and the international community was critical in the effort to defeat cross-border crimes.
Morris Murigo, head of Criminal Investigation Department at the Rwanda National Police, said at the meeting that Rwanda police has strengthened prevention, crackdown and investigation of transnational organized crime.
Last year organized cyber criminals attacked Rwanda’s banks targeting to steal 700,000 U.S. dollars but the threat was repelled before accomplishing their mission.
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