, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 – The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has been elected president of the East African Association of Prosecutors (EAAP).
Tobiko will be leading a ten-member committee comprising of executive members of the East Africa Community states in implementing a five-year strategic plan approved at the EAAP Annual General Meeting held in Kampala, Uganda.
The association’s mandate include promotion and facilitation of cooperation among member states, detection, investigations and prosecution of crimes in the region and offering legal assistance to member prosecuting authorities.
Tobiko is replacing the Uganda Court of Appeal judge, Richard Buteera who has been holding the mantle as the association’s president since its inception in 2010, as the second president.
Richard Muhumuza, the DPP Rwanda, comes in as the new vice president taking over from Martin Ngoga who was Rwanda’s DPP before him.
Biswalo Mganga, the DPP Tanzania, takes over as the General Secretary, replacing Elieza Mbuki Feleshi also former DPP Tanzania.
EAAP also facilitates exchange of suspects and convicted prisoners, faster extraditions and conducts joint training for officials of member states.
Others on the committee are Justice Mike Chibita, the new treasurer, and Burundi’s Valentin Bagorikunda was elected as the new General Counsel of the association, in absentia.
Those elected as the new country executive leaders include, Betty Khisa a state attorney from Uganda, Ayub Mwenda from Tanzania, Patrick Gumo from Kenya, Claudine Dushimimana from Rwanda and Loboire Nkurunziza from Burundi.
The leaders are expected to hold their respective offices for five years as per the association’s Constitution.
While unveiling the new members, Uganda DPP Mike Chibita said there is need for cooperation among the East African Countries if cross border crimes are to be defeated.
He noted that most of these criminals have cartels across the East African region and this can only be broken by all countries forming a counter association.
Citing the Kampala bombings, Chibita said: “The terror case sets precedence as a lead example of why we need to cooperate as East African Community, because there are Ugandans, Kenyans and Tanzanians in the case”.
Meanwhile, Tobiko and his regional counterparts attended the trial of the 2010 bombings in Kampala.
Terrorists detonated explosives at Kyadondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala killing 76 people.