The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, yesterday August 31, took over the chairmanship of EAPCCO from his Kenyan counterpart, Joseph K. Boinnet.
The handover ceremony was part of the three-day 18thAnnual General meeting (AGM) of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) that started on August 31 in Kigali, and presided over by President Paul Kagame.
The 18th EAPCCO AGM held in Rwanda for the third time following previous ones held in 2001 and 2011, was held under the theme: “Enhancing cooperation and innovation in combating transnational organized and emerging crimes.”
Kenya has been holding the organisation’s flagship for the past two years.
In his acceptance speech, IGP Gasana said, “We must continue to work together, focus on adopting the latest technology, enhance capacities to confront the emerging security threats and, come up with concrete recommendations for effective response,”
He emphasised the importance of joint training, operations, simulation exercises and speeding up the establishment of centres of excellence as a prerequisite for responding to security threats effectively and efficiently.
The outgoing chair, on the other hand, appealed to member states to accord the same partnership to the incoming chair, noting that the success of the organization in the face of transnational organized crimes depends on the role of each member and implementation of the adopted resolutions.
He also mentioned that EAPPCO has achieved over 70 percent of its set goals so far.
The organization was founded in 1998 in Kampala, Uganda during the maiden meeting of Eastern African Police Chiefs, as a regional practical response to the need to join police effort against transnational and organized crime.
It was created to promote and strengthen co-operation and fostering joint strategies for the management of all forms of cross-border and related crimes with regional implications.
In his vote of thanks to President Paul Kagame and the people of Rwanda, the IGP of Namibia, Lt. Gen. Sebastian Ndeitunga, who doubles as the Interpol vice president, noted that Rwanda’s leadership and commitment to international cooperation under President Paul Kagame should be be seen as an eye opener to what is required of leaders to make Africa safer.
The EAPCCO AGM coincided with the five-day ‘Cyber enabled crime table top exercise’ held under the theme: “Fighting Cyber-enabled crime through multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to prevention and mitigation.”.
Prior to the opening ceremony, the Secretary General of Interpol, Dr Jurgen Stock accompanied by Chiefs of Police from EAPCCO member states and other delegates, laid a foundation stone for the construction of a ‘Regional Cyber crime Centre of Excellence’ at the RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
The idea to establish the centre was born during the Interpol Africa regional conference, held in Congo Brazzaville in February this year, where Chiefs of Police recommended that INTERPOL supports Africa’s capacities and capabilities to develop cybercrime units and expressed a need to conduct a joint training exercise.
In this field, Rwanda offered to host the simulation exercise on cybercrime and the cyber crime centre.
The centre to accommodate experts in different areas from different member countries, will also have the capacity on mobile and disk forensics, malware analysis, and a fully fledged computer lab for training and capacity building.