President Museveni has appealed to Police Chiefs under the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) to embrace and invest in acquisition of modern security technologies to effectively combat especially sophisticated crimes.
The president made the call while officially opening the 19th EAPCCO Annual General Meeting at the Munyonyo Speke Resort.
In his statement delivered by the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Museveni noted that in the same way advancement in technology provides immense opportunities for economic transformation; it also makes it easy for criminals to operate.
A solid and extensive communications networks he said, allows for a rapid and free flow of information which increases overall economic efficiency.
The president applauded EAPCCO members for their continued efforts to work together in combating crime and security threats in the region and Africa as a whole.
“I am particularly impressed by two developments in your cooperation: the entry of the Democratic Republic of Congo into EAPCCO and the creation of a continent-wide policing cooperation mechanism, the AFRIPOL,” Museveni said.
Museveni noted that the cooperation clearly showed the ability to deal with the ever-increasing complexity and sophistication of crime is getting stronger.
He thus advised the police chiefs to use the police and security arrangements to create an environment or conditions that will ensure that the agenda of radical transformation in the state of life of African people is achieved.
He highlighted a number of bottlenecks that must be addressed if the desired transformation is to be achieved which include; Ideological disorientation, weak states and interference with the private sector.