NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to have a law to combat wildlife
cyber crime by end of the year, officials said on Monday.
Environment and Natural Resources Permanent Secretary Margaret
Mwakima told Xinhua in Nairobi that a draft bill is currently in
Parliament for debate.
“Once the law is in
place it will enhance government efforts to tackle illegal trade
of wildlife products,” Mwakima said.
“With increased law
enforcement pressure on normal ways of committing wildlife
crime, traffickers are now taking advantage of cyber space which
is less regulated,” she said on the sidelines of the national
stakeholders’ briefing session on Kenya’s preparations for the
Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting to be held next month in
Johannesburg, South Africa.
The PS noted that
wildlife traffickers are moving activities online due to the
existing legal loopholes in the wildlife laws.
“The new law will
provide clarity so that those who engage in online trade of
illegal wildlife products are easily convicted,” she said.
Mwakima said that
cyberspace provides anonymity to those engaged in illegal
wildlife trade and so it becomes difficult to determine where
the wildlife species are originally from.
East African police chiefs
seek smart ways to fight cyber crime
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Members of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs
Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) are looking for smart ways to
counter cyber crime that has become increasingly prevalent and
sophisticated across the globe.
The law enforcement
officers from 13 EAPCCO member countries made the remarks on
Wednesday during the opening of the 18th EAPCCO
Annual General Meeting (EAPCCO-AGM) at the Kigali Convention
The high level
forum, dubbed: “Enhancing cooperation and innovation in
combating transnational organized and emerging crimes,” has
brought together more than 100 delegates from across the African
“Cyber crimes have
become rampant and sophisticated all over the world. We need a
smarter and strong approach to contain these crimes. Today’s
world is more interconnected than ever before which has led to
an increase of cyber theft,” said Joseph Boinett, Kenya
Inspector General of the National Police Service.
Boinett, who is the
former Chairman of EAPCCO, called for shared responsibility and
collaboration, enhanced intelligence and sharing of information
towards fighting against cyber crimes.
The event seeks to
promote and strengthen cooperation in order to contain all forms
of cross-border and related crimes with regional implications.
Emmanuel Gasana, Rwanda Inspector General of Police, cyber
criminals are looking at target organizations more broadly, and
there is a strong need to ensure efficient joint monitoring of
the crimes taking full advantage of the relevant facilities
available through Interpol.
need to consider the fact that criminals will use sophisticated
means to manipulate their target organization’s systems. We need
to ensure strong partnership and cooperation in fighting
regional and international cyber crimes, “he added.
Gasana stated that
Rwanda is committed to pursuing collective security and
cooperation in line with contributing to a safer Africa
continent and the world.
Speaking at the
meeting, Rwanda President Paul Kagame said that close
collaboration is needed to investigate complex crimes and to
secure the extradition and conviction of suspects.
“The dangers are
real but we cannot afford to allow the pace of development and
progress to be slowed down as a result. What’s important is
cooperation, information sharing and constantly incorporating
the latest technologies into police work,” he noted.
Kagame stated that
EAPCCO has demonstrated its value through practical services and
strengthened partnerships among all the 13 member states.
EAPCCO, formed in
1998 in Uganda Capital, Kampala during the maiden meeting of
Eastern African Police Chiefs, is composed of 13 regional
countries, namely; Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia,
Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Seychelles,
Somalia and Tanzania.
It was founded as a
regional practical response to the need to join police effort
against transnational and organized crime. The Interpol
Sub-Regional Bureau in Nairobi acts as its Secretariat.
EAPCCO conference becomes the third to be held in Rwanda
following two others held in 2001 and 2011.
Among its mandate,
EAPCCO focuses on combating terrorism, financial crimes,
trafficking of narcotics, fugitives tracking and trafficking of