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Interpol summit opens in Kigali

All is set for the Interpol African Regional Conference which opens today at the Kigali convention centre. (PHOTO BY RWANDA POLICE)

KIGALI – Nearly 300 delegates from across the continent and beyond have arrived in Kigali ahead of 24th Interpol African Regional conference.

The three-day meeting aims at discussing joint strategies to address continental shared security concerns and will also attract police cooperation bodies.

A tweet from the Rwandan National Police confirmed that all is set for the 24th three-day summit.


The African Regional Conference takes place every two years in order to assess the state of police cooperation and the fight against transnational crime.

Uganda’s delegation to Kigali is headed Fred Yiga, the Interpol Director in Uganda.

The main objective of the summit is to discuss specific crime-related problems from across Africa.

However, on the sidelines of the Conference, Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Interpol, Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) Secretariat, and regional partners such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), EU funded projects on regional law enforcement for Greater Horn of Africa are holding a Table Top Exercise (TTX) and Cyber Tracks II from February 3-7.

The TTX will equip participants with relevant skills in countering cyber-enabled crimes.

Recently, Uganda asked the Chinese government to help the Uganda Police Force (UPF) acquire the latest technologies to fight cyber-fraud.

Speaking at the function  at Interpol offices in Kololo where Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zhuqiang donated a 30-sitter coaster to police, Brig Sabiiti Muzeyi, the deupty IGP said that police need assistance in fighting cyber-crime which is still a big problem.

He told the Chinese ambassador that the Force is facing challenges of curbing cross-border crime such as human trafficking, terrorism, motor vehicle and drug smuggling.

According to the 2016 Interpol report, close to Shs200b was lost by ministries and banks to hackers.

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