Regional police chiefs’ annual meeting concludes in Kampala
By Akoon Arkangelo Makot Kuot –Police Media
Police chiefs from Twelve’s countries in East Africa region including South Sudan’s Inspector General of Police Gen. Said Chawul Lom on the 16th Sept, 2017 concluded the nineteenth East African Police Chiefs’ Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) annual general meeting with theme Enhancing cooperation and Innovation in combating transnational organized and emerging crimes. The council discusses issues of common interest and consolidates their efforts in combating terrorism and other organized crimes including radicalization and extremism.
The meeting which was convened in Kampala Uganda at Munyonyo Speke Resort was officially Closed by Rt. Prime Minister of Uganda Dr. Rukahana Rugunda and attended by the police chiefs from, Burundi, Djibouti, Eretria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
In his closing remark, Rt. Prime minister of the Republic of Uganda Dr. Rukahana Rugunda told the police chiefs that Africa has not yet realized its full potential in terms of sorting out its security, security for ourselves can be reached if we work together against terrorism as terrorism become a threat to our people in the region and Africa as a whole. “We will defeat terrorists if we work together as a region,” Rugunda said.
Meanwhile, South Sudan Inspector General of Police. Gen. Said Chawul who was attending the Police Chiefs council meeting on his own behalf said the issues discussed in the council were concerns of security and training of personnel in the region as a whole and South Sudan in particular.
After one week deliberation, the council resolved that member countries take deliberate and concerted measures to criminalize the radicalism and extremism as a matter of urgency. The member states should adopt a legal definition that reflects the EAPCCO definition of radicalism as the turning of individuals or groups to an extremist or intolerant mind set and the course of action and the growing readiness or justification to facilitate or engage in non democratic or illegal methods leading up to likelihood or actual execution of violence to achieve their goals, read the resolutions in part.
The council also emphasized the need for member countries to implement strategies to counter such crimes. The resolution also urged for proper and consistent enforcement of the law, respect for human rights and equitable distribution of resources to curb marginalization.
The council further resolved to advocate for the setting up of cyber to undertake the surveillance of electronic media in putting in place and implementing proactive counter radicalization measures, outreach programmes to sensitize the vulnerable group among others.
Member countries should establish a special court for investigation and prosecution units to deal with offenses arising out of radicalization and extremism and other serious transnational organized crimes.
It mentioned the organized crimes as drug trafficking, human trafficking, terrorism, cyber or internet and other electronically related offenses. The council was attended by the Representative of secretary general of Interpol, Mrs. Ana Roraima Andriani and Special Representative of Interpol to the African Union (SRIAU) Mr. Francis Rwego and Interpol staff from the General Sectecariate and Regional Bureau in Nairobi as well as several other officials from relevant law enforcement agencies internationally and locally. At the end of the council’s meeting, the Police chiefs accept the application of the Democratic Republic of Congo to Join EAPCCO as the 14th Member and the chairman of East African police chiefs’ cooperation organization which was previously chaired by the Rwandan Inspector General of police ’CG. Emmanuel K Gassana has shifted to Ugandan Inspector general of police Gen. Khale Kayihura.