Kenya has pledged to strengthen its collaboration with International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol in the fight against organized transnational crime. Speaking on Wednesday, 30th March 2022, during the kick-off meeting of Africa’s police Heads in Nairobi, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i said that Kenya was keen to deepen partnerships in the fight against terrorism, radicalism, trafficking of drugs, human beings, and counterfeits.
“Kenya is cooperating with international partners to fight Transnational Organized Crime, including the Regional Operation Centre Khartoum (ROCK). We will continue working closely with our neighbors to better protect our citizens “said Dr. Matiang’i.
He was addressing the 10th meeting of the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL) whose agenda is the review of the strategic operational and tactical cooperation among member states’ police units.
This is the first time Kenya is hosting a meeting of AFRIPOL whose current chairperson is Kenya’s inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai. CS, Matiang’i noted that the Kenyan AFRIPOL office at the DCI headquarters in Nairobi is already running having benefitted from Interpol’s support.
He urged other member countries to pull resources in intelligence–gathering and information sharing and harmonize border-monitoring policies to counter emerging security threats such as cybercrime, identity theft, phone fraud, and phishing schemes. Interpol president, Maj-Gen, Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi, who addressed the meeting, urged for more joint AFRIPOL-Interpol operations.
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