National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula has called for borderless cooperation among prosecutors in Africa to avert the international crimes aided by emerging technology in the globe.
Wetang’ula underscored the need to have borderless jurisdictional legal frameworks that are embraced by African Nations to fight crime across boarders in the region.
“Technology has enhanced crime to greater levels that criminals are always ahead of persecutors. This then means that the court system has to urgently scale up legislation, device proper mechanisms and conduct proper investigations to keep up with the speed of criminals”, said Speaker.
Wetang’ula spoke during the closing ceremony of the 16th Annual General Meeting & Conference of African Prosecutors’ Association (APA) in Mombasa hosted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji.
The Speaker encouraged prosecutors to develop legislation that are less cumbersome that reduces jurisdictional barriers to enables the fight of international criminals including terrorism.
He raised concerns on the internet safety especially negative children programmes noting that it’s a time bomb for eroding societal values. He has emphasised the need to protect citizen’s data by embracing proper communication measures in order to preserve human rights.
The Speaker urged prosecutors to carry out thorough investigations and ensure that innocent people are not charged for what they did not do. He acknowledged that a case will always have two side and hence the need for proper interrogation to deliver desired and deserved justice.
Wetang'ula committed to support noble ideas that are presented to the two Houses of Parliament for debate and consideration.
On his part, the DPP Noordin Haji encouraged the formulation of an Africa based hydride judicial system and appreciated efforts made by APA in strengthening, coordination and cooperation among prosecutors to avert transactional crimes in the region.
The conference themed “Strengthening Coordination and Cooperation Towards Effective Cross-Border Prosecution of Transnational Organised Crime”, brought together 43 countries in the region under the umbrella; African Prosecutors’ Association to deliberate on how to collaborate and coordinate in a bid to combat transnational organised crimes.