How Rwanda is dealing with transnational crimes


Rwanda is upbeat that through assistance from Interpol and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the country has managed to deal with some transnational crimes.

“The world is challenged by transnational crimes such as terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking, cybercrime and arms trafficking, often these crimes involves more than technology,” Anthony Kuramba, Commissioner at Interpol and Cooperation Development, Rwanda National Police.

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He added that capacity development was crucial in dealing with transnational crimes.

“There is need to capacitate member countries on skills development and information and communication technologies equipment,” added Kuramba.

He also added that understanding the use of modern technologies was critical in addressing crimes committed across countries borders.

“The understanding of ICTs is critical in making sure there is efficient communication and information flow through a state of the art technology that links all member countries that tries to beat transnational criminals,” he said.

“Most of the crimes are committed through employing modern technology.”

A survey by Deloitte, in the year 2011, found that banks in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia had lost 245 million US dollars to cyber fraud which is quite a lot of money for countries without a highly developed banking systems. 

Kuramba added Rwanda was well equipped to dealing with such crimes.

“As a country, we have built the capacity to deal with these challenges. As Rwanda National Police has managed to build capacity to deal with cyber crime through Digital Forensic Analysis unit,” Kuramba said.

“Apart from training and ICTS, we have also community outreach that we conduct.”

He said combating transnational crimes required communication, coordination adding this could only be done through close contact with other countries.