By Charles Etukuri
The Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, has handed over the chairmanship of the regional Police chief’s body to his Seychelles counterpart Commissioner of Police Quatre Ernest.
Gen. Kale Kayihura handed over the mantle to Quatre at a colorful ceremony held at International Conference-Victoria, Seychelles on Friday.
The East African Police chiefs Organization (EAPCCO) brings together 12 countries in the region that includes Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, D’joubuoti and DR Congo.
The regional body was formed 15 years ago, in Kampala to bring regional practical effort to fight transnational crime.
This was, Kayihura’s second time in leading, the regional body, the first being in 2007.
In his speech, Kayihura said that during his tenure in the office, the body had its first field training exercise in terrorism related fields that was held in Kampala, Uganda, holding two extra ordinary summits, joint operations to curb international crime including drug and human trafficking.
The outgoing chairperson said that the EAPCCO games will be held in Kampala, this year to strengthen the relationship in the East African Forces.
The Vice President of Seychelles officially opened the annual general meeting. He called upon Police chiefs to time and think about the ways of curbing crime in the region.