Kagame Arrives In Uganda Today
President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame are today expected to attend the first ever retreat of Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) in Uganda.
The trip comes against the backdrop of the signing of a pact by the tripartite nations of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda by the countries’ respective security chiefs in Kigali.
President Kagame is expected in Uganda today. According to the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, President Kagame will today give a keynote presentation on the topic: “The critical role played by Modern Technology to development in the world, and the threat it poses, as well as the opportunity it offers, to Security and Stability with specific focus on Africa
Kayihura told press on Friday in Kampala that President Museveni will also give a keynote address on “The Recent Wave of Violence and Instability in North Africa and its implications to our Region and the rest of Africa.” The two-day retreat will take place at Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park starting Monday next week. EAPCCO, is a regional Police organization affiliated to Interpol, which, to date, is composed of 13 countries of East, central, and Horn of Africa. The member countries are Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The decision to hold the Retreat was taken by the EAPCCO Council of Police Chiefs (CPC) Extra Ordinary meeting held in Kampala, Uganda in 2013, whereby it was resolved that we should hold retreats, at least every year, after we realized that the formal meetings of EAPCCO do not give enough opportunity for deep discussion of challenges of policing and security.
“We realized we needed to organize study sessions in an environment with limited distraction. More important, we all appreciated that we did not have enough interaction with our respective political authorities, especially our respective Heads of State, in respect to our work, and decided to arrange the Retreats so that we get their insights, and strategic guidance on specific areas of policing and security,” said Kayihura. Uganda offered to host the first Retreat and it was accepted.
The EAPCCO annual general meeting held in Victoria, Seychelles from the 25th-30th August 2013 reaffirmed the decision. The theme of this Retreat is “challenges of contemporary policing in the eastern Africa region and beyond: managing violence and cyber crime.” Other facilitators of the retreat are experts on various areas of policing drawn from Europe, the Middle East and international organizations such as Interpol, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the International Justice Mission.
The Retreat will be fully attended by the Police chiefs from the EAPCCO countries. “In addition, we have special guests (Chairpersons) representing our sister African regional organizations, namely, SARPCCO, CAPCCO, WAPCCO, as well as representation from North Africa. In a sense, it is an African Police Conference,” said Kayihura. Kayihura expressed optimism that the retreat would be a success.today.html#sthash.ZQbbjViv.dpuf