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Kenya, Rwanda enter crime-war deal

By Mwaniki Gitonga | Published Tue, August 25th 2015 at 00:00, Updated August 24th 2015 at 22:25 GMT +3
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett during a press conference at Harambee House, Nairobi on Tuesday 14/07/15 on the update on the war against Illicit Alcohol and war on terrorism. PHOTO:BONIFACE OKENDO

Kenya and Rwanda have entered into a pact, which will see them share information and intelligence in order to deal with transnational crimes.

In an MOU signed by police bosses of the two countries, security officers will also undergo joint training.

This emerged at the end of the 17th Eastern African Police Chief's Organisation (EAPCO) workshop held at Enashipai Spa in Naivasha. Addressing the Press, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the deal entails joint operations and training in a bid to address rising cases of transnational border crimes. Boinnet noted this was one of the recommendations from the Eastern African Police Chief's Organisation, which advocated for joint collaboration.

"This is a culmination of a two-month exercise and we expect the agreement to address cases of crime in a big way," he said.

The IG admitted that the economic well-being of the region was under threat due to rising cases of transnational crime.

Rwanda police boss Emmanuel Gasana praised the new pact, adding it would help solve many criminal activities. Mr Gasana said there would be collective responsibility for the two countries mainly in dealing with cross-border crime. "We shall share information and jointly track suspects," he said.

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