Uhuru calls for joint regional efforts to combat terrorism
28 August 2014, 09:10
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on
regional police chiefs to consolidate their efforts in combating
terrorism and other organized crimes.
Speaking during the official opening of the 16th East Africa Police
Chiefs Co-operation Organization (EAPCCO) annual general meeting in
Mombasa, Kenyatta said war against crime will only be won if police
forces in the East African region worked in solidarity and mustered
"International terrorism threatens our societies: in choosing
violence over dialogue, terrorists reject the basic premise of any
democratic nation; in choosing spectacular, murderous violence,
terrorists reject the respect for life shared by African societies
across the continent," Kenyatta told regional police chiefs.
"The threat is not confined to any one country or region. Terrorists
will certainly harm any of us who do not share their dark view of the
world. We have a common interest, then, in working together to defeat
The police commanders and heads of criminal investigations from 17
countries are expected to share vital information on poachers that has
been on the rise in the region.
They are also discussing strategies to enhance critical linkages and minimize intra and inter border crimes will be discussed.
Those attending the event include police chiefs from Burundi,
Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Comoros, Eritrea,
Seychelles, South Sudan and Tanzania.
Kenyatta pointed out the upsurge in illicit trade in wildlife
products, especially ivory and rhino horns as a crime that should be
He said the illicit trade in wildlife products hampered the region's
collective security as it fed into terrorism, adding that it also harmed
the region's reputation, standing and trade with the world.
"Our region has been identified as a major and growing center for
this callous commerce between January and October 2013 alone, over 10
tons of ivory were intercepted in Mombasa. These developments directly
threaten the livelihoods of communities that benefit directly and
indirectly from wildlife," Kenyatta said.
He noted in the last five years the region has seen a rise in
terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and crimes against the
environment and called for increased efforts to defeat the vices.
"It is also in our best interest to tighten our collaboration in
intelligence gathering, and in the execution of the programs that we
agree together," the president said.
He encouraged the police chiefs to meet regularly and ensure resolutions passed are implemented.
The Kenyan leader, whose country has been subjected to increased
terror attacks in the recent past, said the threat is not confined to
any one country or region but harms all those who do not share their
dark view of the world.
He said the region has a common interest in working together to
defeat terrorists., Kenya has long been aware of the need to work
together with its neighbors.
"That is why we have joined with friends and partners in AMISOM to
bring peace to Somalia and to shut out those who would do all of us
harm," he said.
He called for harmonization of laws and regulations in the region,
adding that the region's unity and solidarity are its sharpest weapons
in the fight against terrorism.
The president said the region should also learn from the experience of other nations that have face and defeated terrorism.
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