$11mn programme boosts EAC cross-border security

EU ambassador to Tanzania, Manfredo Fanti, and EAC secretary general, Liberat Mfumukeko

In a move to mitigate the growing security risks in the six-nation bloc, the East African Community (EAC) has launched a new $11m joint integration programme to combat cross-border crime and terrorism.

The 45-month programme, which is funded by the European Union, will see Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda join forces to ensure safety for the region following security threats. Speaking at the launch of the programme in Arusha on Wednesday, EAC secretary general, Liberat Mfumukeko, said the programme would help curb the rising concerns of cross-border crime in East Africa.

“The project being launched today will seek to reduce opportunities for transnational and cross-border threats in the integration process,” said Mfumukeko.

The programme, which forms part of a larger campaign launched by the EAC to create opportunities and drive integration in the area, will be supervised by the EAC Secretariat and international police organisation, Interpol.

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