, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday launched a new regional programme that will focus on enhancing measures to eliminate Transnational Organized Crime and Trafficking.
The programme also focuses on fighting corruption and terror in the country and entire Eastern Africa region.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet speaking during the launch highly praised the programme, which he says will enhance intelligence gathering and cooperation among security agencies in the region.
“The programme means a lot for us because it touches on the key things that are of concern to us,” he said. “Our entry point is focused on police reforms.”
The 4-year programme wants the Eastern African countries to have an enhanced capacity to undertake effective investigations, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism related offences in conformity with the rule of law and human rights.
Among the issues identified during the launch for providing fertile grounds for the crimes include continued political and economic instability among several Eastern African countries according to Attorney General Githu Muigai.
“The Horn and Eastern Africa and Kenya in particular are increasingly confronted with serious terrorism threats, most notably from the Somali based militant group, Al Shabaab, which continues to plan and mount attacks in Somalia and neighbouring countries,” he said.
For the region to counter the security challenges, he said: “We must be able to identify threats and modus operandi through good research and the exchange of knowledge and intelligence.”
He called for strengthening of law enforcement, counter-terrorism, border security, immigration, customs and financials intelligence agencies.
“We have to put the safety and human security of our people first within the context of the rule of law and human rights based approach,” he said.
On corruption, all member states will actively and effectively fight the menace since its one, “of the major issues that inter alia divert funds away from sustainable and equitable growth and undermines governments ability to provide basic services.”