A regional police body, the Eastern African Police Chiefs Corporation Organisation (EAPCCO), has committed itself to track down Genocide fugitives who continue to roam the region.
EAPCCO’s current chairperson and Ethiopia’s Police Chief, Workneh Gebeyeher, revealed during a meeting yesterday that all the 11 member countries of the regional body are equally committed to tracking down and apprehending fugitives within their jurisdictions.
“We have full commitments as regards the issue of tracking and arresting Genocide fugitives, we are working on it not only regionally but also internationally,” he underscored.
He added that a previous meeting of the member countries agreed to prioritise the arrests.
“We resolved that we collectively partner in arresting Genocide fugitives, so I am expecting all countries to cooperate in arresting fugitives in their specific countries.”
EAPCO is a regional body bringing together the police forces of; Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Uganda, Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan.
There is widespread concern over authors and masterminds of the Genocide against Tutsi, who are still at large, among the most prominent being, Felicien Kabuga, who is said to be hiding in Kenya. Others are scattered in different African nations.
Speaking at the same meeting, the acting Commissioner General of the Police, Mary Gahonzire, expressed gratitude to the EAPCCO members for the commitment to tackle crime.
Regarding the issue of tracking and arresting Genocide fugitives hiding in the EAPCCO member countries, Gahonzire said she believes in the organizations’ ability to deliver on its commitment.
“In the previous Addis Ababa meeting all member countries agreed to undertake the tracking and arresting of Genocide fugitives in their countries, so we are banking on that commitment,” said Gahonzire.
EAPCO is primarily charged with facilitating and coordinating joint combating of transnational crimes.