One of the challenges that comes with integration is cross-border crimes. Of late, there have been numerous reports in the media about stolen vehicles from various East African countries being recovered within the region.
This is just one example of the common cross-border crimes. Cases of arms, drugs and human trafficking as well as environmental crimes have also been reported.
On a positive note, the Rwandan Police is a step ahead of the criminals and has embarked on policies to establish more efficient cross-border cooperation with neighboring police forces.
While criminals view blocks such as the East African Community as an opportunity to export stolen goods, stronger regional police cooperation will deter their plans and render them unsuccessful.
As the police continue to share information, and all the regional bodies act vigorously, there is no doubt the cooperation will be enhanced even further.
The criminals who consider exporting their crimes will be apprehended easily because of the modern technologies available today.
That said, the Rwanda National Police should be supported and commended for the regional cooperation they are establishing and strengthening. Once security is guaranteed, other sectors like trade will naturally flourish.