Friday 20 September 2019, Berlin: Mahboub Maalim, IGAD Executive Secretary and Bettina Ambach, Wayamo Foundation Director, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU covers enhancing regional networking and building the capacity of judicial actors in the IGAD region. IGAD and Wayamo will work together to ensure regional cooperation through the “Network of Heads of Public Prosecutions and Criminal Investigations in the East African Region” (the Network), and the enhancement of existing capacity (through training workshops) of investigators, prosecutors and judicial officers to respond to transnational security threats.
The overall aim of the Network is to strengthen the rule of law by ensuring effective investigation and prosecution of complex crimes and intensifying inter-agency collaboration at the regional level. The Network’s four main functions are to: act as an avenue for regional and cross-border collaboration and mutual legal assistance in international and transnational criminal cases; promote and encourage collaboration among investigators and prosecutors by following an inter-agency approach; serve as a think-tank and foster discussions about emerging crime patterns as well as a forum to share information and formulate strategies to counter new security threats; and develop effective training and capacity building programmes in order to strengthen the relevant crime units of the member countries.