Kenya, Interpol finetune war strategy against criminals

ICPO-INTERPOL Crime Working Group Meeting (Nairobi, Kenya, 4-8 November 2013). Photo : CITIES

Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Kenya and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), are fine-tuning strategies that would step up their effectiveness in three vital domains, sources said.

Kenya’s Cabinet secretary in the ministry of interior, Fred Matiang’i made the revelation during a meeting with Interpol Secretary general Jurgen Stock at the weekend in Nairobi.

Matiang’i identified the first strategy as the one concerning the search and arrest of wanted fugitives who will be brought to book in line with the international criminal law.

A vital element in this strategy entails streamlining immigration laws, Matiang’i said.

Kenya is hosting the Interpol head office for 13 countries in the eastern Africa region whose borders, like elsewhere in Africa, remain very porous.

The second strategy that Kenya and Interpol are fine-tuning is the one that would help them to identify and cash in on agents of organized crime in the East Africa region.

The third and final one focuses on transnational cyber criminals who are systematically being aided by agents from technologically advanced countries.

“We’re aware that cybercrime is real in this digital era, but we are taking all measures to remain ahead of the criminals,” Dr. Frend Matiang’i told reporters in Nairobi after his meeting with the Interpol boss.

He expressed optimism that the data which will be collected during the upcoming digital registration exercise will be secured to prevent criminal gangs from accessing it.

Commenting on the popular modus operandi used by economic criminals, he cited the use of fraudulent travel papers, « but we are relentless in this fight. »

Paramount among economic crimes, is money laundering and against which Matiang’i said Kenya was working with various anti-money laundering agencies across the globe to identify sources and destinations of proceeds of crime.

Interpol’s role in the international arena goes a long way in reducing threats posed by criminals to national and international security.

For his part, the Interpol boss said his organization will relentlessly work to step up its contribution in this drive in terms of skills training and resources mobilization.

He hinted that one of Interpol’s mega-projects which entails an early warning system was underway in Nairobi.

© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)