East African Community member states have individual regulations regarding cybercrimes and use of electronic evidence. Given the notable challenges, there is a need to build capacity in the investigation, prosecution and judicial offices to enable effective administration of justice where these matters are involved. The states also have laws governing economic crimes. Sadly, limited capacity in investigation and prosecution have hindered recovery and tracing of resources lost through financial scams and illegal money transfers.
From 19th all through to the 21st October 2020, AGA-Africa Programme together with stakeholders in Rwanda and Uganda held Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence workshops to exchange experiences, share knowledge and discuss solutions with attorneys and other members of the justice, law and order sectors in Africa.
In Rwanda, AGA-Africa Programme collaborated with the Institute of Legal Practice and Development from the 19th – 21st October 2020. Dr. Didas M. Kayihura, the Rector ILPD and Markus Green AGA-Africa Programme Board Member gave welcoming remarks and officially opened the three day workshop in Nyanza, Rwanda. AGA-Africa Programme regional experts Jean Marie V. Nyirurugo and Gasore Celestin from Rwanda, took the participants through ‘Introduction to Cybercrime and Electronic evidence’ and ‘Cybercrime in Rwanda Legislation and Challenges’. Stephen Kiptinness and Alex Osunga from Kenya presented on the ‘African perspective Legislation’ and ‘Challenges Electronic Evidence and Handling’.
AGA-Africa Programme international experts John Walsh and John Bridge, gave presentations on ‘Introduction and Building a Cyber Initiative’ and ‘Stocking your Cyber Toolkit and Network’ as Stefan Englbrecht took the participants through ‘Analysis of Criminal Cyber Activity’ and ‘Investigation of Cybercrime’.
In Uganda, AGA-Africa Programme collaborated with the Judicial Training Institute-Uganda (JTI) and KTA Advocates for a two day workshop on 20th and 21st October 2020. The meeting was opened by Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member, Hon Lady Justice Damalie N. Lwanga ED JTI and Kenneth Muhangi, KTA Representative. The speakers were Bernard Arinaitwe, a Senior Information Officer in the Inspectorate of Government Office; Lawrence Dinga, a Cyber Security Consultant; Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Technology & Intellectual Property and Dr. Bright Gameli, the Head of Managed Cyber Security Services, Dimension Data.
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