Africa’s police heads meeting kicks off in Nairobi

Kenya is hosting the 10th Meeting of the Steering Committee of AFRIPOL.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’I and Interpol President Major General Dr Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi led the opening of the meeting.

Dr Fred Matiang’I who officiated the opening urged African governments to entrench partnerships in intelligence-gathering and sharing and to allocate more resources to security budgets to effectively combat transnational crime, terrorism and religious extremism.

He said Kenya will continue to support AFRIPOL & INTERPOL HQ partner states to pool resources and put in a common effort in combating shared security threats, including trafficking of drugs, humans and contrabands, small arms trade, money laundering, theft of motor vehicles; and livestock rustling.

“The Government will strengthen collaborations with INTERPOL to protect its citizens from transnational security challenges,” said CS Matiang’I

He further noted that Kenya is keen on partnerships in intelligence-sharing, advanced training for security officers and recruitment of Kenyans to senior Interpol ranks.

Maj-Gen Al-Raisi on his part promised to raise Africa’s share of consumption of Interpol intelligence from the current 1% to at least 20% within his 4-year presidency.

He will also ensure African officers are hired to join Interpol.

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