Technology presents tremendous potential in bringing economic competitiveness and growth in Uganda and Africa. However, criminal actors have used the same technology for their nefarious ends.
Transnational crimes like cybercrime and money laundering are rampant in Uganda and have adverse negative effects on the economy. It is critical for law enforcement officers to be empowered with skills and knowledge to effectively identify, investigate and prosecute these crimes.
To help in raising awareness and to build capacity of key law enforcement officers, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Aviation Police and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority held a two-day “Cybersecurity and Anti-Money Laundering” workshop from 12th-13th May, 2022.
The workshop discussions were aimed at equipping the participants with knowledge on the complexities of money laundering and cybercrime in Uganda and provide skills and tools to deal with emerging threats in the field. This will in turn enhance their capacity to detect, investigate and prosecute such cases.
The training was officially opened by Caroline Mbabazi, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Uganda followed by a keynote address by Olive Birungi Lumonya, Deputy Director General of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.
The workshop sessions were facilitated by subject matter experts: Rachel Heintz, Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Southern Arizona White Collar and Criminal Enterprise Section, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Acio Caroline Marion, Head, Cyber Crime Unit of the Institution and Chief State Attorney, Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Uganda, Kenneth Muhangi, Lecturer in Intellectual Property, and Partner-KTA Advocates, Jimmy Haguma, Chief Security Officer, Uganda Communications Commission, Mercy Buku, AML/CFT Legal and Risk Management Consultant, Banking and Digital Financial Services Sector, Nurddeen Mohammed Suleiman, Investigator, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Dr Bright Gameli Mawudor Cyber Security Professional and Chief Technology, Officer Xetova.
Caroline Mbabazi, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Uganda brought the successful workshop to a close.