Kenya Unveils Inter-Agency Guidelines to Combat Terrorism and Terrorism Financing

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Nairobi — The fight against terrorism has received a major boost following the launch of the inter-agency guidelines on cooperation and collaboration in investigation and prosecution of terrorism and terrorism financing.

The guidelines, released on Tuesday, are intended to improve organizational partnerships between investigative agencies and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, in collaboration with criminal justice partners, as well as to ensure effective coordination, collaboration, and cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of terror related offenses.

Speaking during the event, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji said that the guidelines will enhance accountability and efficiency in the investigation and prosecution of terrorism and terrorism financing.

The DPP stated that it will also enable sharing of information between different agencies and provide for a model for inter-agency information sharing which he said has been a challenge in the past.

“These Guidelines are pivotal and significant as for the first time we have developed a joint cooperation framework comprising financial agencies, investigators, and prosecutors to detect, investigate, and prosecute terrorism and related offences,” Haji said.

He noted that the guidelines will also serve as a useful resource to other state and non-state actors seeking to understand the country’s interagency initiatives to combat terrorism and hold prosecuting agencies accountable while executing their mandate.

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Inspector general of Police Hillary Mutyambai said that the terrorism is transnational in nature pointing out that large financial outlays are needed to finance it.

He added that to tackle it, sources for such money which include drug trafficking, white collar crimes and trafficking of crimes must be found.

The IG stated that that profits from these elicit enterprise are laundered through financial system and cleaned proceeds are then used to finance terrorism.

“These guidelines shall be a greater tool to harmonize our approaches and synergize our collective efforts as we move forward to securing our motherlands and citizens,” he said.

He stated that both state and non-state actors need to work with communities to win the war against terrorism.

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Patrick Njoroge, Governor Central Bank of Kenya said the unveiling of the guidelines is a big step forward in the fight against terrorism in the country.