Crime & Investigation

Kayihura Decries Increased Cross Border Crimes

no rx geneva;”>Kayihura was on Monday opening up a two-day Organs Meeting of the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization in Bugolobi, Kampala, which he was elected chairperson last year.

He notified the delegates from 9 out of the 12 member states that hi-tech based offenses orchestrated mainly from first world countries are currently overwhelming regional security, and with leakages in national boundaries, offenders commit atrocities in one country and swiftly cross to the neighboring one where they normally disappear without trace due to too much red tape and a thin cooperation between security bodies of the two states.

Kayihura added the rate at which fraudsters are optimizing modern technologies like, internet and mobile phones, is way ahead of the current regional security forces’ capacities to handle.

He cited a recent example of fraudsters that have been wiring money from the Vatican in Rome to be retrieved by their fellow gangsters from banks here in Uganda.


“I would like to commend the already blossoming cooperation and close relationship between the Uganda police force and that of Kenya and Tanzania that has on several occasions helped us track down serial cross border offenders, as were the case in the tracing of late Hon. Serina Nebanda’s murder suspect and the tragic 2010 Al-shabab assailants in Kampala,” he said.

“I thus call upon the legal committee of this EAPCCO to hastily pass a resolution that eliminates all security obstacles across the borders of all our member states including South Sudan whose currency is being forged by goons he in Uganda; so that we can be helped to act faster than these smart criminals.”

The convention is geared toward addressing full implementation of all the previous years’ resolutions including all member countries raising financial contributions towards the cause of supporting the Somali Police Forces through the AMISOM program to support human resources and capacity building.

A first of its kind follow up EAPCCO meeting is slated May this year in Kampala to check the progress of these resolutions.

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