Uganda police boss calls for functioning Africa Police Organisation
The Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force, Gen. Kale Kayihura, has rallied his regional counterparts currently meeting under their umbrella organization, the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) to embrace and fast track the operationalization of the African Police Organization (AFRIPOL).
The police chiefs are in Kampala for the 35th EAPCCO organs meeting.
Kayihura said Afripol should be embraced because of its enormous positive implications, which at the same time challenges EAPCCO to re-align its operations with the continental mechanism.
He added that the continental force should not be misconstrued as a rival to Interpol, as it is an initiative geared towards building strength to combat crime at the national and trans-national levels.
“I reassure Interpol that we are not creating a rival party; in fact, Interpol should be the first to welcome this as a way of fighting global crime.” Kayihura declared.
Kayihura challenged the EAPCCO meeting in Kampala “to find ways of integrating by building a synergy between Interpol, EAPCCO, AFRIPOL, so as to harmonize every programme to avoid being seen as a wasteful synergy.”
AFRIPOL was launched in May as an initiative of the African Union (AU) and an expression of the determination of African governments and police institutions to strengthen security cooperation, and face the challenges of continental crimes as a solid force.