The three-day 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) ended yesterday with delegates taking a tough stance to deepen cooperation to effectively counter cross border crimes.
Yesterday’s 16th Council of Ministers issued a 12-resolution communiqué that rotated mainly on strengthening cooperation between police forces in addressing security related challenges.
Speaking at the closure of the Council of Ministers’ meeting, the Minister of Internal Security Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana pointed out that the 21st century security challenges are different from those faced by different generations noting that today’s criminals have embraced modern technologies to commit crimes and to evade justice.
He pointed out that the use of internet by terrorist organisations to radicalise and recruit the youth into jihadist movements, luring young people into human trafficking, financial fraud in which criminals intercept and steal huge amount of money from unsuspecting victims, are just a few examples of the challenges the world is facing today.
“The only appropriate response to the cyber-enabled transnational crimes, is deepening police cooperation across the boarders; it is enhancing mutual support and building capacities of our police forces especially through promoting IT-led policing,” said the Minister.
During the same meeting, Minister Harerimana took over from his Kenyan counterpart Joseph Nkaissery, as the new chair of the Council of Ministers of EAPCCO, which brings together 13 regional countries.