Uganda, Kampala-About 50 delegates under the Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (SARPCCO) and Eastern African Police Chiefs Cooperation (EAPCCO) are discussing measures to tackle transnational crime at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe in Uganda.
The two day event have drawn different Stakeholders from member EAPCCO , SAPPCO member countries , International Police, European Union , Regional Center on Small Arms (RESCA). Officiating at the opening ceremony, Assistant Inspector of Police and Director Interpol and International Relations in Uganda Police Force, Fred Yiga cautioned the delegates against taking the meeting for granted.
“What brings us together is exchange of ideas, the fact that we are here organizing, the criminals are also somewhere planning how to destabilize security, ” Yiga said. Adding that, “That the action of criminals, have hurt our people caused discomfort, something we must address.”
He called for more cooperation through information sharing so as to bring to an end transnational and organized crimes in Africa. “Porous borders need urgent attention, so we need to train our INTERPOL staff and give them skills on how to fight the cross border crimes,” he said.
He also noted that there’s a need for establishment of regional centers of excellence so as to exchange skills on how to go about the mushrooming crime especially in information technology.
Gideon Kimilu, the Director INTERPOL Bureau Nairobi, said “operation USALAMA was born out of the need to defeat organized transnational crimes networks operating in the two regions and since the first operation was carried out in 2013, the results have been very impressive to the extent that police chiefs of SARPCCO AND EAPCCO have had their respective annual general meetings and passed successful resolutions.”
He added that, “We have had significant seizures of hard drugs, which continue to threaten the lives of young people, recovery of stolen motor vehicles, rescue of hundreds of human trafficking victim and arrest of ivory dealers,” he said.
He explained that the mentioned crimes have serious socioeconomic impact to the citizenry and their eradication is key to the realization of peace and security in the two regions.