105 Judicial Officers Transferred

Police intelligence officers from Rwanda and Uganda met in Kagitumba, patient a border town in Nyagatare District on Monday to boost cooperation in the fight against cross-border terrorism, page Chimp Corps report.

The officials discussed initiatives on how to increase their surveillance and awareness campaigns against terrorist activities along border posts.

Rwanda Director of Counter Terrorism Unit, patient John Baptiste Murangira, said both parties engaged in a high level discussion about the activities of terrorist groups like FDLR, and also reminded migration officers to be vigilant against any suspicious individuals.

He also reminded the participants that terrorism is a major threat to the world’s development, as was witnessed in the 2001 attacks on the American World Trade Center Twin Towers, embassy bombings, the 1998 embassy bombings in Nairobi, the 2010 attacks on Uganda by Al Shabaab and the most recent West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi by Al Shabaab in 2013.

“Terror attacks and networks across the region are creating a paradigm shift in the security regime. No single state in the region can claim that it is exonerated from such attacks. Therefore, there is need for deliberate renewed commitment of the partner states between governments, private sector and security institutions in fighting the vice,” CSP Murangira said.

“Our region is infested with terror groups such as FLDR in Eastern DRC, LRA, Al Shabaab and Boko Haram among others. Most of them are driven by political ideologies like genocide, or reactionary myths or radicalism. They are the gents of destruction – but we are the agents of peace and we should ensure that we win this war.”

Soft spots

The Ugandan Chief Technical Officer for Counter Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Wasswa, warned that terrorists always mingle amongst the public like harmless people and usually hit when it least expected, which is reason enough to always be on the lookout even when there seems to be peace.


“Terrorists always seek for targets that are symbolic such as government heads or national landmarks. They also target places with many people such as markets, hospitals or hotels, or important infrastructure. No single nation can defeat terrorists alone and that is why we must work together,” he said.

“The most important effective solution requires a holistic government approach and unity amongst all agencies. We should remind our people that they have a huge role against these terrorists and should report any suspicious objects or individuals before it is too late.”

It is said that terrorist cells are heavily funded through money laundering, an illegal act that should be curbed in order to cut terrorists from their life source.

In his presentation, the acting Director of the Financial Investigation Unit, Chief Inspector of Police, David Bwimba, warned that money laundering has enabled to illegally fund terrorism – and is connected to other international crimes such as tax evasion and drugs trafficking.

“There still exists a lack of awareness by all institutions involved about the linkage between money laundering and terrorism and we need to do more awareness, both in government and private business organizations,” he said.

“Financial institutions should ensure that business is conducted in the conformity with high ethical standards.”

The meeting, which is part of other series that happened in the past, and others that will follow, is in line with the memorandum of understanding signed between the two forces in April 2012 to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The cooperation also includes collaboration in management of disasters, sharing of experiences, mutual assistance in tracking, arrest and repatriation of suspects and conducting joint operations.

Rwanda Police said in a statement that the meeting is also in line with the April 2014 decision by the East African Community member states which resolved to implement a common anti-terrorism strategy to combat terror and other transnational crimes.

“They then reached a decision to adopt the Regional Counter Terrorism Strategy at the 12th East African Community Extraordinary Heads of State Summit held in Arusha, Tanzania.”
In a bid to “enhance effective service delivery”, treatment the judiciary has transferred a total of 105 officers including Assistant Registrars, Chief Magistrates and grade 1 and 2 magistrates to different stations throughout the country.

Addressing journalists in Kampala on Wednesday, the Judiciary Assistant Publicist Araali Kagoro Muhiirwa explained that the move was one of the many intended to bring judicial services nearer the people including those in hard-to-reach areas.

“We have done it in accordance with the constitution to ensure efficiency and effectiveness and will take effect from January, 1, 2015 .This will always be a routine as long as we feel there is something not effective somewhere,” Araali explained.

According to the Magistrate, new systems intended to reduce case backlog has been introduced such as small claims procedure, mediation in civil cases and pre-bargaining which will help reduce in cases involving capital offenders.

“Last year we managed to handle 137,000 cases and we hope the number will reduce because we have set targets to different judicial officers. Chief Magistrates will be expected to handle not less than 1,100 cases, grade one and two magistrates to preside over between 300-500 whereas senior Principles will be required to handle not less than 500 cases each year,” he added.

Araali explained that mobile courts have been empowered all over the country where judicial officers are directed to oversee more than one station and manage the cases to help reduce case backlog due to inadequate Magistrates.

“We shall deploy 73 grade 2 Magistrates and will assist courts on particular days. For example he can on Monday be in Masaka, the next day in Kyazanga, then in Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Lwengo throughout the week and this will reduce on the volume of cases.”

“The hard to reach areas will also be catered for as Magistrates will spend between to 1-2 years to ensure that every place shares the problems of the limited number of magistrates,” Araali added.

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