KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Intelligence and security officers from East Africa are meeting
in Kampala to find means of ending armed struggles and
The two-day meeting
was on Monday opened by Major General Wilson Mbadi, deputy
commander of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces.
journalists after the opening, Mbadi said the officials were
trying to find a way of eliminating terrorist activities through
sharing information, as well as finding links between
established terrorists like Al-Shabaab and rebel groups
operating from the region.
The meeting brought
together intelligence bosses from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania,
Rwanda, Somalia, Mauritius, South Sudan, Sudan, Djibouti,
Comoros and Madagascar.
Uganda’s director general of External Security Organization,
said they want to find out where the funding for terrorists and
rebels in the region comes from.
He also said the
region was facing new and emerging challenges such as cybercrime,
money laundering and human trafficking, which highlighted the
need to share intelligence information.
Kenyan police quiz two suspects
over Al-Shabaab ties
MANDERA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Monday they
are questioning two terror suspects after arresting them in
Mandera county near the Somalia border when they were suspected
of heading to join Al-Qaida allied Al-Shabaab group in Somalia.
A senior police
officer said they believe the two, identified as Suleiman Hemed
Mwandilo and Salama Salim Mohamed, who are both Kenyans, are Al-Shabaab
recruiters who were arrested while trying to sneak out of the
country to join the extremist group.
“The two are being
interrogated and will be charged in court once we are through
with investigations. They were arrested last week by security
officers while trying to sneak out of the country to Somalia,”
said the police who declined to be named.
The court had
allowed investigators 30 days to complete their investigations.
The police said they believe the two suspects are active members
in the Al-Shabaab facilitation and recruitment network in the
police late last year unearthed a syndicate of extremist online
recruiters who have been targeting university students and other
Kenyans to join armed extremist groups in Somalia, Libya and the
The police say the
recruiters lure these youths with the promise of well-paying
jobs in foreign countries only for the hapless youth to find
themselves forcefully recruited into these extremist groups.
The police officer
said the two suspects are key Al-Shabaab facilitators and
recruiters who were attempting to cross over to Somalia and
continue with their recruitment and facilitation of terror
Mohamed and Mwandilo (39) from Mombasa County were intercepted
at a roadblock in Takaba as they were planning to cross over to
Somalia through the El-Wak-Boroache route.
Security experts say
Kenya has been a soft target for terrorist activities since 1998
and the menace has evolved as radical groups from the Horn of
Africa infiltrate the country to kill and maim innocent
The East African
nation has heightened vigilance in the wake of intelligence
reports indicating the country is still vulnerable to terror
AMISOM seeks to boost
intelligence sharing in Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)-backed
conference on intelligence and information sharing opened in
Mogadishu Monday with officials calling for closer working ties
between various intelligence actors in the Horn of Africa
Organizers said the
conference will explore access to non-traditional information
sources, discuss enhancement of intelligence sharing, and
emerging threats from terror group Al-Shabaab, even as the
militants find themselves weakened from the onslaught from the
government, AU and partner forces.
In his opening
remarks, AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Charles Tai Gituai called
for more efficient intelligence sharing modalities among the
be collected and used in a way that ensures operational
efficiency without threatening the legitimacy and impartiality
necessary for the peace mission to carry out its work
effectively,” Gituai said in a statement released in Mogadishu.
He said intelligence
is fundamentally crucial to the peace mission, to give decision
makers multi-dimensional situational awareness through
coordinated analysis of information by the different components
of a mission.
Gituai stressed the
importance of “effective processes and structures” that would
ensure information gathered is shared and stored securely.
participants on over-reliance on the sheer quantity of
information, arguing that information overload may sometimes
undermine accurate interpretation of data.
“The situation we
are in now, is that the question is no longer whether
intelligence should be shared, but rather how, when, and to what
effect,” he told intelligence officers drawn from AMISOM’s
sectors, Somali security forces and key international security
East African ministers to meet
in Kenya over Somali refugees
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Ministers from the Eastern African regional bloc
IGAD will meet in Nairobi on Thursday on the status of 1 million
Somali refugees displaced by nearly three decades of fighting.
The ministers from
the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will
review progress in implementing the Nairobi Declaration and
Action Plan on Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees and
Reintegration of Returnees in Somalia, the bloc said in a
statement issued on Monday.
“An update report
and another one on the mapping exercise of current and planned
humanitarian and development investments linked to the Nairobi
Plan of Action will be presented and discussed at the meeting,”
IGAD said the
ministers are expected to produce key actions for the
implementation of the Nairobi Declaration and Plan of Action
developed a year ago, as well as secure technical and financial
commitments from development partners.