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Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO)


Nairobi, Kenya

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Short description

EAPCCO was founded as a regional response to fight transnational and organized crime.


Member states are to provide financial contributions; however, these are typically not sufficient to cover the operational costs of the organization. INTERPOL provides some in-kind support, including having the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Nairobi serve as the EAPCCO Secretariat, as well as sponsoring training (in coordination with the EAPCCO Training Sub-committee) and providing equipment. EAPCCO has not received other donor financial assistance; however, it receives good cooperation and support from partners (see below).

EAPCCO was established in 1998. South Sudan was the most recent member to join, doing so in September 2011.


12 members (all UN member states)

  • Current members*: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

EAPCCO members represent:

  • 2 of 3 CEPGL members (Burundi and Rwanda are CEPGL members)
  • 9 of 19 COMESA members
  • 5 of 5 EAC members
  • 6 of 11 ICGLR members
  • 8 of 8 IGAD members
  • 12 of 15 RECSA members (CAR, Congo, and DRC are not EAPCCO members)
  • 2 of 15 SADC members

*Information accurate as of 25 April 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Francis Xavier Rwego
  • Head of the Interpol Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa and Permanent Secretary of EAPCCO


PoA-related activities

EAPCCO supports the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol in those aspects related to Article 3 of its constitution, such as joint strategies for the management and joint monitoring of cross-border and related crimes, the management of criminal records, and training on crime and small armsrelated matters. It investigates arms trafficking in cooperation with the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Nairobi, Kenya. It receives good cooperation and support from partners such as RECSA in fighting firearms proliferation and the South African Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in dealing with environmental crimes and promoting gender balance, and also cooperates with UNODC and IGAD. In particular, EAPCCO has in the recent past undertaken the Mifugo Project (mifugo is the Kiswahili word for livestock), which focused on small arms from a cattle-rustling perspective and related criminal activities. In partnership with the ISS, EAPCCO spearheaded the implementation of the Protocol on the Prevention, Combating and Eradication of Cattle Rustling in Eastern Africa through the Mifugo Project (2008, not yet ratified). The protocol enhanced uniform training, information exchange, and collaboration on joint operations in the cattle-rustling-prone areas of East Africa. However, the project closed due to lack of funding after the initial three-year period (2008–10) funded by Germany. A second project, known as Silaha Haramu, was to take place over six months in 2007. It was aimed at investigating arms trafficking in Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania in partnership with organizations such as the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, RECSA, UNDP, and the WCO. This project, however, is not active and, according to EAPCCO, needs to be revived. EAPCCO is a steering committee member of the three-year EUfunded project to support the fight against the proliferation of firearms and explosive materials in Africa.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

EAPCCO collaborates with RECSA (through a memorandum of understanding with INTERPOL signed in 2010), which is the depository of the Nairobi Protocol, as well as EAC and IGAD. Inter-regional cooperation was profiled as an agenda item at the 13th EAPCCO Annual General Meeting (2011).

Legally binding regional instruments

  • Protocol on the Prevention, Combating and Eradication of Cattle Rustling in Eastern Africa (2008)

Other official documents of interest

  • Agreement in Respect of Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in the Field of Crime Combating
  • Agreement in the Field of Combating Terrorism
  • Briefing document, ‘Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO)’


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