Se­cu­rity heads talk E Africa ter­ror­ism

Pretoria News - - NATION -

KAMPALA Se­cu­rity chiefs from the East African re­gion are meet­ing in Uganda to seek mea­sures of con­trol­ling cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties.

The chiefs who in­clude In­ter­pol and counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cials from Uganda, Kenya, Tan­za­nia, Rwanda, Bu­rundi, Co­moros, Ethiopia, Su­dan, South Su­dan and Mozam­bique are con­verg­ing un­der the theme: “Bor­der con­trol chal­lenges in the fight against ter­ror­ism in the east African re­gion”.

The meet­ing, which opened on Tues­day, closed yes­ter­day. In a state­ment on Wed­nes­day, Uganda’s po­lice chief Okoth Ochola said ter­ror­ism had taken root in the re­gion for the past 20 years.

“Ter­ror­ism within the re­gion is, there­fore, not only a threat, but a re­al­ity which needs to be con­fronted in a col­lec­tive and co-or­di­nated man­ner,” said Ochola, who is also the Eastern African Po­lice Chiefs Co-op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chair­per­son. |

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