Since 2012, ICAP has worked with the East African Association of Prosecutors (EAAP) to organise annual training workshops for the prosecutors from this region on responding to terrorism, international and transnational crimes.
This initiative is driven by the need to establish a pool of prosecutors with specialised expertise in these crimes. The first training was held in Mombasa, Kenya and hosted by the Director of Public Prosecutions of Kenya, Keriako Tobiko, the former secretary-general of the EAAP. The Institute for Security Studies’ (ISS’s) work with the EAAP complements other capacity-building efforts in the region, most notably regional and national training programmes that take place in the context of ongoing support to the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) and its member states.
Since 2012, national training programmes in the region have all included both specialised police investigators and prosecutors. The ISS also supports the work of the East African Magistrates and Judges' Association (EAMJA) to strengthen the processes of adjudicating these complex and emerging crimes.
The second workshop was held in Dar es Salaam and hosted by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Tanzania. Some 26 prosecutors from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda attended the five-day training workshop. The Director of Public Prosecutions of Tanzania, Dr Eliezer Mbuki Feleshi, also Deputy President of the EAAP, presided over by the event.
The following topics were covered in the training:
- International criminal justice
- Witness Protection
Once again, prosecutors in attendance and senior prosecution officials indicated the value of such annual training events for promoting relationship-building between prosecutors (especially to promote international cooperation), as well as in identifying key issues in the region that require collective action. The recommendations made focused on six key areas, which include the operationalisation of the EAAP, capacity building in responding to terrorism, international and transnational crimes and how best to enable legislation.