Uganda and Rwanda join forces to fight cross-border crime

African News Agency (ANA)

Uganda’s Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura and his Rwandan counterpart, Commissioner General Emmanuel Gasana, have laid out strategies to combating cross-border crimes.

Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper reported on Monday that at a meeting in Mbarara, in Western Uganda, last Thursday the two discussed how to deal with crimes such as terrorism, drug trafficking, cybercrime and human trafficking to foster peace and security in the region.

A joint communique of resolutions was signed by the two police heads.

These included enhancing timely exchange of information and intelligence on criminal syndicates, developing and updating a joint watch list of wanted persons.

Building capacity through development of police doctrine, curriculum, infrastructure, exchange of instructors and students as well as embracing ICT-led policing and conducting simulation exercises were also among the agreed resolutions, reported the Monitor.

“The security of one country cannot be guaranteed if it is not tied to the security of the region and beyond, so as police forces of the two countries, we need to work together to ensure the region is safe and secure,” Kayihura told the media after the meeting.

Gasana said: “The region is threatened by modern crimes that pose a big challenge to security agencies and thus the need to have a joint modern and quality training of our officers to ably deal with this risk”.

 

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