The police Director in Charge of Interpol, Dr.Fred Yiga has said the East African police chiefs will try to persuade Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to join their block.
Uganda will in September hold the East African Police Chiefs’ Cooperation meeting.
Addressing journalists on Monday, Yiga said that top on their agenda will be seeing how to bring DRC to join them from the Southern Africa Police Chiefs’ Cooperation (SAPCCO) where it currently is.
“We have realised that when most crimes are committed in the East African region, the criminals run to DRC and it is difficult to get them from there,” Yiga said.
“Most of criminals involved in car theft, drug trafficking and other cross border crimes hide there.”
He said, by bringing DRC on board, they hope to forge ways of curbing the rampant cross border crimes.
He cited an example of car thefts that commonly happen in Kenya and Uganda and in a short time, the cars end up in DRC.
The meeting in September will be the climax of the EAPCCO games scheduled for August 26-29 at Uganda Christian University in Mukono in which 13 countries will participate.
The countries will participate taekwondo, boxing, shooting, football and volleyball among other games intended to bring cohesion among the police forces of the member states.
Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda have so far confirmed participation in the inaugural EAPCCO games.
“We want the officers to know that the police forces of the different states are the same but only change names. They can therefore use the games to share ideas, “Uganda’s police director in charge of Interpol said.