Monday, August 08, 2011

EAC urged to step up fight on human trafficking, drugs

The East African Community (EAC) deputy secretary general (in charge of Political Federation), Ms Beatrice Kiraso, has cautioned that the region was fast becoming a route for trafficking of humans and drugs. 

She has called for a concerted regional action to tackle the growing menace.Addressing police chiefs from the EAC partner states, she stressed that efforts must be doubled to make the region a safe place for
investments and economic development.

 “The human and drug trafficking does not augur well for our region if we are to attract more tourists and investments,’’ she said when opening the police chiefs’ gathering in Arusha on Wednesday. “East Africa has become a convenient transit route for human trafficking and drugs.’’ 

She urged them to pool together manpower and resources to tame the menace. Ms Kiraso also welcomed the idea of setting up a regional forensic centre that would support the undertaking of criminal investigations scientifically.

She noted that German experts had visited the region and might be willing to assist in the effort.She further implored the police commanders to consider concluding a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters Interment’ to facilitate expeditious legal exchange of prisoners, criminal commodities and other critical support elements. (East African News Agency)


Source: The Citizen

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