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Uganda

21 November 2016

K FM (Uganda)

In an effort to reduce the amount of illicit arms, the government has today destroyed 6000 small arms and weapons collected by police in a nationwide exercise. In his speech during the exercise in Bukasa, Wakiso District, the state minister for internal affairs Mario Obigo Kania said such arms pose a major security threat if poorly managed and stored. He also added that improving human security shouldn't be a responsibility of only the security agencies but also... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

15 November 2016

Africa News

[Translated summary: Kenya has burned 5,250 firearms as part of a campaign to fight poaching and robberies and to eliminate terrorism. The destroyed firearms were seized in police operations or recovered in disarmament exercises. Citizens have also been urged to register their firearms.] Le vice-président kenyan, William Ruto, a incité ce mardi les autorités à brûler 5.250 armes légères. Ceci s'inscrit dans le cadre des efforts déployés pour lutter contre... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

15 November 2016

Washington Post, Associated Press

NAIROBI — Kenya's deputy president on Tuesday set ablaze more than 5,250 firearms seized by authorities to discourage the circulation of illegal weapons in a country battling extremist violence. Deputy President William Ruto presided over the burning of rifles and pistols in three stacks about 15 feet high. They were recovered in this East African country over the past nine years, Ruto said. Most of the firearms were collected through voluntary surrender, others... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

28 October 2016

al Jazeera

Kenyan police have been accused of more than 1,200 shooting deaths over the past five years amid calls for the government to investigate extrajudicial killings and disappearances. Only one police officer in Kenya has been successfully prosecuted and imprisoned for an unlawful killing in the last three years, according to the local group Independent Medico-Legal Unit, which monitors police violence. New York-based Human Rights Watch has also highlighted at least 34... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgaria,South Sudan,Israel

20 October 2016

Times of Israel

A United Nations panel of experts found evidence of "well-established networks" of arms suppliers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, including from Israel, that are fueling the war in South Sudan. In a confidential report to the Security Council obtained by AFP on Thursday, the panel described the arms deals that are not recent and involve Israeli and Bulgarian firms. The Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan to try to end the fighting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia

11 October 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Many guns imported by the Somali government with U.N. approval are being resold by arms dealers on the black market in the nation's capital Mogadishu, two Western diplomats said. Such sales violate a three-year-old deal which exempted government weapons imports from a U.N. arms embargo. The U.N. Security Council partially lifted it in 2013 to equip government forces fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. The United Nations imposed a blanket arms embargo on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

2 October 2016

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Report

When it comes to killings, Kenya police has few equals: They kill more people in days than other countries do in years, a Nation Newsplex analysis reveals. Studies around the world have linked the number and rate of police killings to factors such as whether police are armed all the time, gun ownership rates, adherence to police guidelines firearms use, quality of training offered to police recruits and poverty levels. With a police killing rate of 3.2 per million... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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Réunion,France

19 September 2016

France TV Info

[Translated summary: An amnesty operation has begun in the French Indian Ocean territory of Réunion. Citizens are invited to surrender their firearms, without any sanction until December 15. In past operations, 820 firearms and 31,053 rounds of ammunition were collected in Martinique, and 86 firearms and 3,800 rounds of ammunition in French Polynesia.] Le but est de réduire le nombre d'armes en circulation de façon illégale à La Réunion. Les particuliers sont... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan,United States,Ukraine,United Kingdom,Yemen,Libya,Iran,Czech Republic,Syria,Italy,Bulgaria,Afghanistan,Saudi Arabia,France

23 August 2016

IPS Noticias

[Translated summary: Human Rights organisations and military analysts accuse the United States, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France and Italy of violating the Arms Trade Treaty by selling to countries in conflict. Experts say that effectively implementing the treaty could save millions of lives.] NACIONES UNIDAS - Los grandes proveedores de armamento violan el tratado que regula su comercio y que se propone frenar el flujo de armas pequeñas y ligeras hacia las zonas de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Spain,Germany,Saudi Arabia,United Kingdom,Slovakia,Moldova,Ukraine,Egypt,Italy,France,Czech Republic,Bulgaria,United States,South Sudan,Syria,Yemen

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

- States Parties [countries] still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk - More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty's reporting obligations - Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ukraine,South Sudan,South Korea,Singapore,Turkey,Australia,Pakistan,United Arab Emirates,Saudi Arabia,India,Israel,Italy,Spain,Russia,France,United Kingdom,Germany,China,United States

22 August 2016

Amnesty International (London)

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA: US$55.006 billion Russia: US$42.404 billion China: US$9.943 billion Germany: US$ 9.467 billion France: US$ 8.932 billion UK: US$ 7.627 billion Spain: US$ 5.310 billion Italy: US$ 4.360 billion Ukraine: US$ 4.156 billion Israel: US$ 3.280 billion The top 10 importers of conventional arms (excluding SALWs) 2010-15 India:... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ethiopia

14 August 2016

The Ethiopian Herald

INTERVIEW Ethiopia has prepared a draft proclamation to control illicit flow of small arms and light weapons. Last week, EPA reporters have held an exclusive interview with Haneta Geberemedhin, Deputy Commissioner of Federal Police Commission and adviser to the commissioner regarding the objective and expected outcomes of the draft proclamation. Excerpts: - Guns are owned [by citizens/individuals] both legally and illegally in our country. How does that come up? What... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda,Burundi,Tanzania,Kenya,Rwanda

26 July 2016

New Times (Rwanda)

East African Community (EAC) member countries are meeting in Kigali for a validation workshop on the study by the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) on the status of armed crimes in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The report dubbed 'Analysis of Armed Crime Rates' released yesterday, in Kigali was conducted between 2010 and March 2016 with the support of African Development Bank (AfDB). According to the report, Rwanda registered 421 cases related to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

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Tanzania

22 July 2016

Tanzania Daily News

Over 14,000 firearms have been verified in the past three months, the exercise that helped to collect 198.8m/- as fee for such weapons. In March, this year, the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Paul Makonda, issued a three-month ultimatum to owners of firearms in the regions to surrender their weapons to the police for verification. During the exercise a total of 11,602 owners surrendered their weapons for verifications despite some challenges during the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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Kenya

18 July 2016

Hivisasa (Kenya)

The ongoing registration of illegally acquired firearms has received a major boost after six herders from Garissa County surrendered their unlicensed rifles to the government for registration by the relevant county security teams. According to Garbatula police boss, Kioko Nyamai, the move is expected to expansively trigger a popular desire by other pastoralist groups to register their firearms and further dispel the fears of being disarmed or victimised. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda,Rwanda,Tanzania,Burundi,Kenya,Ethiopia

11 July 2016

East African (Nairobi)

Kenya has the largest number of guns in civilian hands in eastern Africa amid rising gun attacks while Rwanda has the least, a global survey shows. Data from Sidney-based GunPolicy.org, a website backed by the United Nations, puts the estimated number of guns possessed by Kenyan civilians at about 680,000, comprising licit and illicit firearms. Tanzania has 550,000 guns in private hands, Uganda (400,000), Ethiopia (320,000), Burundi (100,000) and 58,000 for... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

7 July 2016

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

Authorities in South Sudan's Warrap state have collected over 200 firearms from a Gelweng militia in Aguok centre. A minister of the proposed Gogrial state Adior Kuol Amum said the disarmament exercise took place following a visit by deputy governor Santino Akot Abem. "This indicates the youth are ready for peace because they will be one enjoys fruit of peace," Adior said. The move is in line with peace resolutions signed in May between the Aguok and Apuk communities... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mayotte

12 June 2016

Mayotte 1ère

[Translated Summary: In one week, there were two cases of criminal activity with handguns in Mayotte. This raised concern about illegal firearms in the country.] En une semaine, par deux fois des voyous ont agi, armes à feu au poing. Une escalade inquiétante qui confirme les rumeurs persistantes d'armes à feu introduites illégalement dans le département. Mayotte est bel et bien face au développement d'une forme de grand banditisme. La semaine dernière, les... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

30 May 2016

Tanzania Daily News

About 61 homemade firearms locally known as gobole owned illegally have been surrendered at different police posts in Katavi Region since the exercise was officially launched on March 21, this year. The Katavi Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Damas Nyanda, said the verification exercise will officially end on June 30, this year, saying that so far 61 per cent of firearms verification have been completed and established that most of them are legally owned. He further... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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Kenya

16 May 2016

Citizen (Kenya)

Residents of Isiolo County continue to take advantage of a government amnesty on the surrender of illegal arms. Led by area MCA and Isiolo County Assembly Majority Leader Adan Giro, the residents have surrendered a total of nine firearms and hundreds of bullets to the government. The residents from Kinna ward presented three AK-47 rifles, one M16 rifle, and 302 rounds of ammunition for registration by the sub county security team at Kinna Social Hall in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

16 May 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Mwanza will not win the war against illegal fire arms unless peace is found in neighbouring war torn countries, Mwanza Regional Commander Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP) has said. According to the police head ongoing conflict in South Sudan has also contributed to the presence of guns in Tanzania. "Criminals travel to any country looking for guns and they are often readily available in places such as South Sudan, due to this, the city is experiencing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

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Burundi,Rwanda,North Korea,Congo (DRC)

14 May 2016

Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say Congolese army officers and police reported receiving pistols from a group of 30 North Korean instructors training their presidential guard and special police forces, which would appear to be a violation of U.N. sanctions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or providing military training. The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Congo said they found that pistols similar to those produced in North Korea were issued... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press

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Tanzania

29 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

DODOMA — Firearms that were impounded during anti-poaching campaign dubbed as "operation tokomeza" would be returned after verification of their genuineness and legal ownership, the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, told the National Assembly here yesterday. He said that the police force was still going on with the verification exercise to identify a number of things, including genuineness; legal ownership and whether such arms were free from any involvement in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Burundi

28 April 2016

Burundi Africa Generation

[Translated summary: The president of the National Permanent Commission of Fight Against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons claimed that gun violence and insecurity in Burundi remains, despite efforts to fight it. Only in 2015, there have been 481 homicides, mostly perpetrated by men in Mairie de Bujumbura, the capital.] A Bujumbura, ce lundi 25 avril 2015, l'officier Laurent Kabura, commissaire de police (CP) et président de la CNAP ( Commission... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mauritius

28 April 2016

Government of Mauritius

The Firearms (Amendment) Bill which provides for amendments to the Firearms Act to implement the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty to which Mauritius is a signatory, was presented by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, in the National Assembly. The Bill was voted with amendments on 26 April 2016. In his presentation, Sir Anerood Jugnauth expressed confidence that the accession of Mauritius to the Arms Trade Treaty and the amendments to the Firearms Act will... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

27 April 2016

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Three more herders in Isiolo have surrendered, for registration, firearms they were possessing illegally. This comes just two weeks after Ngarema Member of County Assembly (MCA) Peter Losu registered his G3 rifle. Two G3 rifles, an AK-47 rifle, five magazines and 66 rounds of ammunition belonging to herders from West Location were presented to the county security team Wednesday. The herders presented their guns to Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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Tanzania

23 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

ARUSHA — Tanzania may soon start marking all sorts of firearms with special engraving to distinguish weapons registered in the country, against those owned in other states, it was revealed in Arusha. Vice President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, said that with nearly 900,000 light weapons and small arms circulating around the globe, it is vital for Tanzania, as well as other African countries to start engraving special national labels to indicate where each firearm was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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Uganda

15 April 2016

Observer (Kampala)

By April 30, all firearms in civilians possession must have been registered, the ministry of Internal Affairs said in its latest attempt to crack down on illegal small arms. Unregistered firearms will be declared illegal, the minister of state for Internal Affairs James Baba said on Monday. Firearm registration, the minister said, is meant to control small arms and light weapons owned by civilians and maintain proper national control over government stockpiles of all... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malawi

13 April 2016

Nyasa Times (Malawi)

Poachers in the north have surrendered over 40 home made guns to authorities in a programme that signals a ceasefire in the battle against poaching in protected areas in the region. Division manager for Wildlife Department George Qumayo said since January, poachers have voluntarily handed over 44 home made guns used in the poaching of animals in Vwaza Game Reserve and Nyika National Park. "This shows that we are winning the battle against poaching which has made us to... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Sudan

12 April 2016

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan parliament sat Monday after nearly four weeks of having no sitting over disagreements on what agenda should be put before parliamentarians. The sitting chaired by the Deputy Speaker Mark Nyipoch discussed a joint report of the specialized standing committee for Defence, security and public order and the committee of legislation and justice on the Firearms Bill 2016. The report was presented by the chairperson of the security committee Samuel Duwar Deng... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

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Tanzania,East Africa,Africa

10 April 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA — No new gun permits will be issued in Arusha until an ongoing exercise to verify ownership is complete, regional authorities have said. Figures on the number of people who legally own firearms in the region are not readily available, but the current verification exercise could help determine that. There are growing concerns over the spate of armed robberies in Arusha. Regional commissioner Felix Ntibenda said last week authorities have stopped accepting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

8 April 2016

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA -- With ongoing confiscations of illegal firearms still underway, Ngorongoro District and regional authorities say they will not issue any fresh firearm permits until the verification exercise is completed. Arusha regional commissioner Felix Ntibenda made the announcement during the inauguration of a police station at Tengeru on the outskirts of Arusha. "By virtue of the fact that one is a gemstone dealer is not grounds for one to possess weapons," he pointed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

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Kenya

8 April 2016

Citizen Digital (Kenya)

The High Court sitting in Nairobi has extended orders barring the government from withdrawing Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho's security and firearms. The court before Judge George Odunga further directed that documents be served to respective parties and responses be effected pending hearing of the matter on the 16th of June 2016. The Firearms Licensing Board, Interior Cabinet Secretary Major Gen. (Rtd.) Joseph Nkaissery, Chief Licensing Officer and Inspector... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen Digital (Kenya)

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Tanzania

3 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

Tanzania has called upon other countries to review the law on domestic firearm registration to cope with the current situation, in order to address the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Addressing parliamentarians for Global Action meeting in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Tulia Ackson, said the firearms registration should reflect the challenges the world faces today. "Here in Tanzania, we undertook such an exercise... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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Tanzania

3 April 2016

Guardian (Dar Es Salaam)

Politicians are said to be contributing to illegal arms trade by supporting and deliberately arming rebel groups to accomplish their narrow interests. A senior government official made this observation in Dar es Salaam yesterday at an Africa parliamentary workshop on addressing illicit trade of small arms and light weapons organized by the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). The two day workshop was attended by members of Parliaments from 13... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Dar Es Salaam)

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Tanzania

2 April 2016

Tanzania Daily News

Tanzania Police Force has issued a three month ultimatum to owners of firearms in all regions in the country to surrender their guns to the police force for verification, effective from today. Addressing journalists in the city yesterday, Training and Operation Commissioner of Police (CP) Nsato Mssanzya urged the wananchi to ensure they are paying for their guns before verifications. "The exercise is operated in all regions and every regions has its own specific time... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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Uganda

30 March 2016

Monitor (Kampala)

LIRA — Lira Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi, has issued a directive for those in possession of illegal firearms to surrender them or face the full force of the law. The directive follows concerns over a high percentage of firearms that are currently believed to be in the hands of wrong people in the district, once a war-torn area. In a statement on Monday, Lutukumoi, who also chairs the district security committee, said a major... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Monitor (Kampala)

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Somalia

29 March 2016

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

French Navy frigate FS Provence has intercepted a large weapons cache from a small boat (dhow) sailing towards Somalia. Several hundred machine guns, anti-tank weapons and AK47 assault riffles were among the weapons seized from the dhow. The weapons smugglers were spotted heading toward Somalia by Provence's Caïman helicopter whilst it was undertaking routine surveillance in the Northern Indian Ocean. Provence boarded the vessel and determined that it was not... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

29 March 2016

Tanzania Daily News

ARUSHA — In America, proliferation of guns and other firearms is abetted by online sales, but in Arusha the case is different; it was recently discovered that there are some gun shops located deep into the bush, issuing pieces of artilleries at throwaway prices. Also, one needs not to have money to obtain the same. Guns are exchanged with livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats or farm harvests measured by bags of maize or beans. The Arusha Regional Commissioner,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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Mauritius

27 February 2016

Defimedia (Mauritius)

[Translated summary: In Mauritius, possession and use of firearms are regulated by the Firearms Act. Every year, the owners must renew their licences. Police accurately control a firearm's characteristics and the amount of ammunition the owner can have. Anyone who infringes the Firearms Act can be fined and face prison time.] Des coups de feu à Goodlands après qu'un véhicule ait percuté un chien. En décembre, deux personnes ont été atteints par balles à... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Defimedia (Mauritius)

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Djibouti,Rwanda,Kenya,South Africa,Libya,Algeria,Botswana,United States

11 January 2016

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

In a BBC interview last July, US President Barack Obama admitted that failure to pass "common sense gun safety laws" in the US has been the greatest frustration of his presidency. Since he took office in 2008, there have been repeated mass shootings including the 2011 Tucson Arizona shooting in which Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of Congress and 18 others were shot in a supermarket parking lot. Six people died that day. Another shooting was at Emanuel African... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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South Sudan

10 December 2015

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly on Wednesday deliberated a firearms control bill presented by the head of parliament's committee of defense and security Hon. Samuel Duar Deng. While tabling the bill for its second reading, Deng requested the lawmakers to deliberate and pass it into law. Meanwhile, the Minority Leader Onyoti Adigo described the bill as important but he questioned why cabinet members were not present in the house to discuss the issue. "Now,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

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Malawi

13 June 2014

Star Africa

Malawi Police has destroyed over 3,000 illegal firearms confiscated from people across the country.Inspector General Lot Dzonzi said in Lilongwe during the destruction exercise that Malawi is vulnerable to firearms smuggling because of a number of reasons including its geographical position, lack of scanning machines at its border posts and use of unchartered routes by foreigners. "This has led to the smugglers bringing in firearms into the country which can lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star Africa

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Mozambique

22 May 2014

Agência de Informação de Moçambique

MAPUTO — The Mozambican police have seized five AK-47 assault rifles and arrested three men who were trying to sell them in the town of Maxixe, in the southern province of Inhambane. According to a report in Thursday's issue of the independent daily "O Pais", the guns were found on the back seat of an Isuzu car belonging to a member of the group, who claimed his sole responsibility was to guarantee transport of the weapons. The men intended to sell the guns to a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iran,Bulgaria,South Sudan,Sudan,Africa,Congo (DRC)

13 May 2014

IRIN (UN News)

Virunga National Park — Her job is to track and trace small arms and ammunition in Africa's conflict zones. Each bullet, assault rifle, mortar, rocket or other item of military hardware she documents forms a piece of a huge jigsaw being created by the UK-based NGO Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) to map the precise flows of conflict weaponry in Africa. Moving within the ebb and flow of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) conflict, the investigator, who asked... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Somalia,Congo (DRC),Africa,Tanzania,Kenya,European Union

13 May 2014

Shanghai Daily (China)

NAIROBI - Experts from across Africa will meet in Nairobi on Wednesday to seek ways to help address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the continent, ravaged by many conflicts. A statement from the Nairobi-based Regional Centre for Small Arms (RCSA) said Tuesday the 3rd meeting of the AU-Regions steering committee on small arms and light weapons and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration will seek ways of combating cross border flows illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shanghai Daily (China)

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Tanzania,Kenya

9 May 2014

Tanzania Daily News

The influx of illegal firearms in Mara Region is alarming and the police force is now planning a house to house operation aimed at recovering all guns from hands of criminals. A total of seven illegal firearms most of them submachine guns (SMG) and more than 420 bullets have been seized by the police in Mara Region since the beginning of this year. "Since January to April 30 this year we have impounded seven guns and four of them are SMGs, two pistols and a shotgun,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

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Rwanda

4 May 2014

New Times (Rwanda)

Police in Musanze District have handed thirteen people over to the prosecution to face charges of illegal possession of firearms and plans to cause insecurity in the country. Superintendent Emmanuel Hitayezu, the Northern Province's Regional Police Spokesperson said the suspects (names withheld) were arrested separately early last month. He said that the police seized 8 submachine guns (SMG) which they handed to prosecution on Friday. The suspects, all males, include... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

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Zambia

1 May 2014

UK Zambians

A trigger happy man on Sunday caused panic at a funeral house when a firearm he had put in his pocket after firing casually in the air accidentally went off, shooting and wounding his 14-year-old daughter and nephew in Mumbwa. The man of Lusaka's Kanyama township, identified as Allan Ngwenya, 52, is alleged to have fired in the air at the funeral house before putting his pistol, an Austria, serial number VAK 951, which had eight rounds of ammunition in his pocket... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

29 April 2014

Capital FM (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo says 70 percent of all firearms owned by the State have been marked as the government takes an inventory of all issued weapons. The process was done after acquisition of eight firearm marking machines from the National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Iringo says the exercise is meant to enhance accountability in the management of the national firearms stock pile for easy identification of the origin of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM (Nairobi)

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Swaziland,South Africa,Zimbabwe

22 April 2014

Herald (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe's homicide rate is among the lowest globally making it one of the world's most peaceful and safest places to live in. Even though Zimbabwe's figures were not captured in a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on global homicide rates, police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, told The Herald they recorded between 30 and 45 murders per month countrywide. This gives an average of 420 murder cases per annum, which roughly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

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South Sudan

19 April 2014

Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

South Sudan's Minister of Interior Gen. Aleu Ayieny Aleu announced on Friday that the police captured 6,000 arms in searches in Juba since last month, mostly from the hands of 'the youth.' On Friday the interior minister noted at a press conference that people were using the arms mostly for killing and robberies: "The thieves who are killing and attacking people in Juba are mostly the youth, and they have arms and I have collected not less than 6,000 arms in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Radio Tamazuj (Sudan)

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Mozambique,United States,Russia,China,South Africa

11 April 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

Best known as the director of the 2008 South African crime film Jerusalema and for his music video work with such top stars as Tony Braxton and Michael Jackson, Ralph Ziman's new art installation Ghosts is a powerful comment on the global arms trade and the worship of guns in South African society. The work includes an extraordinary series of photographs showing men dressed in Day-Glo outfits toting wire-and-bead AK-47s, which are exhibited alongside the imitation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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Oceania,Liberia,South Sudan,Europe,Africa,Asia,Americas,Haiti

10 April 2014

UN Dispatch (New York)

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports. "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to understand how violent crime is plaguing countries around the world,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: UN Dispatch (New York)

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Uganda

9 April 2014

Observer (Kampala)

The number of cases of murder by shooting in Uganda rose by 14 per cent last year, the annual police report has shown. The 2013 Crime, Traffic and Road Safety report, which was released in Kampala on Monday, shows that the police investigated 131 cases of gun-shot murder, compared to 115 the year before. Some 192 people were shot dead last year, the report said. Of these, 163 were men, 20 were women, six were boys and three were girls. Releasing the report, Inspector... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

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Kenya

27 March 2014

Capital FM

NAIROBI — Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa has issued a one week amnesty to criminal gangs to surrender or face the full force of the law. Marwa stated that those in possession of illegal firearms should surrender them before the expiry of the amnesty. Speaking after a meeting with Muslim leaders, Marwa said the recent incidents of security are scaring away potential investors. "All criminals in this county who are harbouring illegal weapons should... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM

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South Sudan

24 March 2014

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Security officials in South Sudan on Sunday conducted house-to-house searches for weapons in operation aimed at obtaining illegal arms among residents on the capital, Juba. The early morning swoop, which took many unaware, also saw several checkpoints created on roads within Juba, limiting up and down movements. Over the last few weeks, however, Juba has experienced less shootings compared to the early days of the mid-December conflict and the weeks that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

38499

Somalia,Chad,Egypt,Libya,Turkey,Qatar,Mali,Syria,Russia,North Africa,Africa,Nigeria,Niger

22 March 2014

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

TRIPOLI — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it's Tripoli's biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars. Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

38494

Kenya

21 March 2014

Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya - The Chief Firearms Licensing office in Nairobi has been closed on a temporary basis. Police seconded to the bureau were told to take leave until further notice. The move came even as Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and his deputy Grace Kaindi named Boniface Maingi as the new head of firearms licensing section. The Chief Firearms Licensing officer Francis Wanjohi was moved to police headquarters amid protest from firearms dealers. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

38490

Mozambique,Mexico,Liberia,Cambodia,United States,United Kingdom

6 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

Art of War - Picture gallery captions: Non-Violence, or the Knotted Gun, by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd. The bronze replica of a 45-calibre revolver, a gift from Luxembourg to the United Nations, was sculpted in memory of the Swedish artist's longtime friend John Lennon. Though not created from recycled munitions, the sculpture has been cited as one of the inspirations behind the arms-to-art movement. Sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda recycles weapons recovered from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38441

Kenya

1 March 2014

Standard (Nairobi)

Kajiado, Kenya - Police are holding two school boys after a gun was allegedly recovered inside a schoolbag belonging to one of the boys. The two Form Four students at Ololua Secondary School were arrested on Friday by police after a teacher discovered the firearm inside the student'€™s school bag. According to Ngong Police boss Farah Mohamed, one of the boys arrived at the school late and was questioned by his teacher. The teacher who realised the student was a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

38436

Kenya

14 February 2014

Standard (Nairobi)

The increasing rate of crime in the country has been blamed on the high number of unlicenced guns held by civilians. Cases of robberies, carjackings and thefts in a number of towns are a common feature in the news. Most of the weapons used to commit these crimes are small arms, which are easy to buy and stash away from public glare and knowledge of the authorities. But does the government know just how easy — but dangerous — it is to acquire a gun? In the slums of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

38369

Kenya

10 February 2014

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

A traffic police officer was Monday morning shot and wounded in the head before he was robbed of his AK-47 rifle by gunmen on a motorbike in Kombani, Kwale County. Police suspect the attackers were followers of Somalia's Al-Shabaab gang. Another female officer was slightly injured after she was wrestled by the gunmen who escaped after the incident along the Lunga Lunga highway. Area police boss Richard Muguai said police have launched investigation and a hunt to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

38354

Turkey,Kenya,Somalia

31 January 2014

Nairobian (Kenya)

A man was arrested in Lunga Lunga for smuggling illegal weapons. Abdillahi Edin Adano was seized with two pistols and 20 rounds of ammunition that he intended to sell. Police laid a trap after getting tips from the public that the suspect had landed in Eastleigh with the cache. The seized man allegedly planned to sell the guns in Lunga Lunga. Last year, six firearms and several rounds of ammunitions were recovered from the same slums where four suspects were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobian (Kenya)

38336

Tanzania

20 January 2014

Tanzania Daily News

Disturbed by a recent spate of indiscriminate killings using legally owned firearms, the government will soon introduce a new legislation to strictly regulate and control importation, sales and ownership of guns. Although it is not yet established whether the new Act will phase out the existing Arms and Ammunition Act of 2007, the legislation will address the shortcomings in the current Act used by gun owners to use them in criminal acts, kill themselves and innocent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

38295

Zimbabwe

11 January 2014

Herald (Zimbabwe)

A 33-year-old security guard stationed at Mavhudzi High School in Nyazura ran amok on Wednesday night, fatally shooting his workmate for allegedly having an affair with his girlfriend. The guard, identified as Joseph Zvikumva, also accidentally shot and seriously injured a female worker at the school. Zvikumva fled the scene after committing the offence and police have since launched a manhunt for him. He is wanted for murder and attempted murder. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

38264

Zimbabwe

10 January 2014

Herald (Zimbabwe), Opinion

You definitely know something is wrong when a woman is robbed of a mango she is eating at gunpoint. This is the ridiculous incident that occurred recently along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway. It could be normal though, but only in a society where everyone owns a gun. But Zimbabwe has one of the most functional firearms regulation policies in the world. The regulation of guns in the country is typically categorised as "restrictive". It is a policy which many... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

38262

Kenya

9 January 2014

Standard (Nairobi)

The Chief Firearms Licensing Officer in the police force, Francis Mwangi Wanjohi has revealed there is no thorough vetting done before guns are issued to civilians. Wanjohi blamed the situation on the coming in of the new Constitution and admitted a number of applicants had been given licences to own guns before being vetted as required by law. He said unlike in the past when applicants used to be vetted through a rigorous process, the situation changed with the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

38260

Zimbabwe

3 January 2014

Herald (Zimbabwe)

A senior police officer based in Beitbridge has been arrested at a roadblock along the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway after he was allegedly found in possession of an unlicenced firearm and ammunition stashed in his car. Inspector Abel Mudzonga (41) who is the officer-in-charge in the Information Communication Technology section at Beitbridge district police headquarters has since appeared before a Mwenezi magistrate's court facing charges of illegal possession of an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

38234

Kenya,Mozambique,Somalia,Congo (DRC),Tanzania

30 December 2013

Independent (UK)

The wildest sound on the savannah is not the lion's roar, but the elephant's trumpet. When he senses a lurking poacher, the elephant screams, loud and shrill, to alert the herd and scare his enemy. The poacher, standing only a few feet away takes aim and fires. The elephant screams again, before he collapses in a heap. One bullet will rarely kill an adult elephant, and it takes many minutes before the life drains away. Military weapons such as AK-47s are increasingly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (UK)

38225

Tanzania

18 December 2013

Tanzania Daily News

President Jakaya Kikwete on Tuesday condemned the everincreasing incidents of misuse of firearms and warned members of the public against illegitimately taking the law in their hands. The president expressed his disgust at the spate of mob justice and firearm misuse in his message to the Mwanza Regional Commissioner (RC), Eng. Evarist Ndikilo, following the deaths of two people as a result of a land conflict at Kanyama Village in Kisesa Division, Magu District on... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

38213

Kenya

8 December 2013

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

On November 14, officers from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit (SPRU), acting on a tip-off, trailed a white saloon car on suspicion that its occupants were planning to rob a bank. After a dramatic chase, the officers challenged its occupants to stop at Kiamaiko. The officers ransacked the car and found an arsenal of weapons among them AK-47s, pistols, ammunition, police uniform and walkie-talkies. One of the four suspects arrested was a former administration police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

38156

Africa,South Sudan

27 November 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, through it disarmament, demobilization and reintegration work is providing intensive training to the South Sudan security services in order to create a national Bureau for Community Security and Small Arms Control. A composite group from South Sudan's army (SPLA), the South Sudanese Police Service, National Security, Wildlife and Prison Services have participated in an intensive 12-day training funded by the UNMISS... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

38128

Kenya

26 November 2013

Sabahi (Washington DC)

NAIROBI — Embarrassed by a slew of recent high-profile crimes involving Kenyan security forces, the government is mulling ways to better monitor current and former members of the police and military to combat this growing and alarming trend. "The police will not allow these waves of crime to continue," Nairobi County Police Chief Benson Kibue told Sabahi. "We will continue to fight against organised crime by ex-policemen and military officers without fear or favour,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sabahi (Washington DC)

38118

Zimbabwe

15 November 2013

Herald (Zimbabwe)

Fifty-one people were killed in Harare during the last 10 months with most of the cases being victims of domestic violence and armed robberies. According to police statistics, 50 people were murdered in the city during the same period last year. Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tadius Chibanda yesterday said some people were killed by robbers after they tried to resist. "Most of the cases were also over domestic disputes while others were drivers of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

38085

Congo (DRC),Burundi

11 November 2013

Ici Lome (Togo)

[Translated summary: Burundi officials have begun a second voluntary national disarmament campaign to reduce the number of illegal firearms held by citizens. Authorities also hope that the move will reduce the crime rate, with weapons entering the country through its porous borders. The first disarmament campaign in 2009 resulted in the collection of thousands of weapons.] Burundi - Le chef de l'Etat burundais Pierre Nkurunziza a procédé ce lundi au lancement de la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ici Lome (Togo)

38066

Malawi

6 November 2013

Nyasa Times

Deputy speaker of Parliament James Chingola was Wednesday morning interrogated by the Malawi Police over the illegal possession of firearms which were found at one of his offices. Lilongwe police spokesperson Ramsey Mushane says this followed the search which the police arrived at his offices after a tip off. "We discovered in a same room two AK 47 rifles and two identified guns plus live ammunition," he said. Mushane says Chingola will soon be charged with illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nyasa Times

38052

South Sudan,Somalia,Burundi,Liberia,Ghana,United States,Europe,Zimbabwe,Uganda,Tanzania,Sudan,Nigeria,Namibia,Kenya,Ethiopia,Africa

5 November 2013

IPI Global Observatory

Africa is ground zero in the international debate on controlling the small arms and light weapons trade. For more than a decade, diplomatic activity to contain arms and ammunition transfers has been animated by a concern with instability and contagion generated by the continent's many wars. Leading think tanks, research groups, and advocacy organizations have repeatedly drawn attention to the way the burden of armed violence in Africa is a product of low-tech assault... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IPI Global Observatory

38049

Kenya

30 October 2013

Star (Kenya)

Kenyans [are] divided over calls by Mombasa preachers to be issued with guns to guard themselves and their flock. Calls by pastors in Mombasa to have them armed with AK47 rifles continue to attract mixed reactions across the country. Sheikh Juma Ngao, who is the Kenya Muslim National Advisory Council chairman, said it is a good idea to arm clerics. He however said not all clerics should be armed as some clerics are criminals hiding behind religion. "Not all clerics... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

38030

Uganda,Somalia,Colombia,Kenya,United States

21 October 2013

ABC News (USA)

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month's deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians. In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called "soft targets" are hit:... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA)

38005

Kenya

19 October 2013

Coast Week (Kenya)

NAKURU, Kenya - Recurrent attacks in some parts of Kenya especially in the northern and coastal regions have caused major security shake-ups in the East African nation with the government reinforcing security in the affected areas. During the attacks, people have died, livestock - which to some is the main source of livelihood, have been killed or stolen and property worth of millions of shillings lost. Due to fear, some members of the local communities have moved... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Coast Week (Kenya)

37993

Kenya

17 October 2013

Xinhua

KITALE, Kenya - Kenya has deployed three special security units to crackdown on increased use of drugs and illicit guns threatening security and spoiling unemployed youths in counties in northwest Kenya. The move followed concerns from tribal leaders over the widespread drug abuse and existence of illegal guns fueling crime and deteriorating security. Trans-Nzoia County Police Commander Lillian Okembo said on Wednesday that security forces have been posted to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37983

Zimbabwe

15 October 2013

Herald (Zimbabwe)

An Air Force of Zimbabwe official who accidentally shot a 14-year-old boy after trying to clear a loaded gun he had seized from a Chitungwiza businessman was yesterday remanded in custody. The wounded boy was shot on the right pelvis with the bullet protruding at the right buttock. He is still admitted to Chitungwiza Central Hospital. Gerald Gurwe (23), stationed at Manyame Air Base allegedly received information that the businessman, Mr Trust Jasi had taken his uncle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

37980

Somalia

14 October 2013

Alert Net / Thompson Reuters, Media release

"Thanks for taking photos in my shop as an example to tell others that we are living in danger," says Yasin Asyayr Gurase. In his small store in Kalabyr, a village of about 1,500 people 100 kilometres south of Garowe in the Puntland State of Somalia, guns are stacked against shelves filled with shirts and shoes, and AK-47s rest against food products. These weapons are not for sale. Rather, after a number of recent accidents in the village, they are being left in shops... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Alert Net / Thompson Reuters

37971

Kenya

9 October 2013

Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya - A worker was shocked when he discovered three AK 47 rifles and more than 80 bullets hidden in a bush near a popular golf club in Nairobi's Karen area. The rifles with 87 bullets were discovered on Tuesday evening by a worker at the golf club hidden in the bush while covered with clothes and a bag. Police say they are yet to know the owners of the luggage believed to have hidden them there after using them in unknown incident. Langata head of CID... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

37953

South Africa,Zimbabwe

7 October 2013

Herald (Zimbabwe)

A 29-year-old South African was last week fined US$400 for smuggling a CZ Pistol loaded with 15 rounds into the country through Beitbridge border post. Bucks Ridwan Anwar of 5 Middleburg, Bonker Street, South Africa, employed by FTS Logistics as a transport manager, was convicted on his own plea of guilty when he appeared before the border town's magistrate Mr Innocent Bepura charged with smuggling. In the event that Anwar fails to pay the fine he risks imprisonment... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

37947

Uganda

7 October 2013

New Vision (Kampala)

One person was shot dead and six others injured and admitted in critical condition at Mulago national referral hospital when an unidentified man opened fire following a disagreement with his girlfriend in a city pub on Sunday. The 5.00am incident, the Police said, happened at Top pub a popular hangout on William street- the second such incident at the place in four years. Four people are so far in police custody over the incident. The man armed with a pistol is said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

37944

Mozambique

2 October 2013

Agência de Informação de Moçambique

MAPUTO — The Sofala Provincial Court in central Mozambique on Monday sentenced two policemen to 12 year jail terms for hiring out police firearms to criminals. The two policemen were Celestino Cacaue and Lazaro Saene. The latter will not be serving his jail sentence because he was shot dead last Thursday while trying to escape from Beira central prison. According to a report in Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily 'Noticias', the two police were in the dock... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agência de Informação de Moçambique

37939

Tanzania

29 September 2013

Tanzania Daily News, Opinion

Never in the history of this country has there been a need to learn to say SORRY even when you are wrong, than these times where buying and owning a gun is as easy as buying a mobile phone, it brings cold chills sprinting down my spine. It is very common today to see very young people seated in a public place with two, three smart phones on the table and Glock on the side. Today owning a gun is as fashionable among Tanzanian youths as knowing Diamond's latest song,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

37927

Burundi

25 September 2013

Afriquinfos / Xinhua

[Translated summary: Over 80,000 small arms and light weapons have been seized from citizens in Burundi during a disarmament campaign. Officials have called on women leaders to be involved in the efforts, as victims of many of the crimes the disarmament is trying to prevent.] BUJUMBURA - Plus de 80.000 armes légères et de petit calibre (ALPC) de différentes sortes ont été retirées de la population à la veille de la deuxième phase du désarmement civil, prévu... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Afriquinfos / Xinhua

37920

Tanzania

20 September 2013

Tanzania Daily News

47 guns, 600 rounds of ammunition impounded 3,400 cattle abandoned OPERATION "Kimbunga" (whirlwind) does not only target illegal immigrants but also criminals who have been vandalizing public and private property in Kagera, Kigoma and Geita regions, the government explained . The operation's Head of Communications, Ms Zamaradi Kawawa, said in a statement that the operation has netted suspected armed bandits, poachers as well as weapons such as hand grenades, guns and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

37899

Kenya,Somalia

13 September 2013

Xinhua

GARISSA, Kenya - Kenyan authorities have started up recovery of illegal small arms and light weapons which have been fuelling the insecurity in northern Kenya, with the latest seizure of a gun and 48 bullets in Dadaab refugee camp on Thursday. Regional Criminal Investigations (CID) Commander Musa Yego said the weapons were found in the world's largest refugee settlement in a search conducted by local police. A suspect was arrested in the process. "We will not relent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Xinhua

37866

Uganda

9 September 2013

New Vision (Kampala)

At least 124 guns have been recovered from the districts of Napak, Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto as well as parts of Teso, Bugisu and Sebei. Also recovered were 1,600 bullets and military gear. UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson Lt. Jimmy Omara said they were recovering fewer guns than in the past when over 400 guns would be recovered within a month in just four districts. He said there had been tremendous improvement in security, adding that the rampant killings that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

37851

Uganda,Kenya

4 September 2013

Star (Kenya)

Police in Bungoma have moved to curb the influx of illegal firearms from the neigbouring Uganda. Speaking to the Star yesterday, county commissioner Mohamed Maalim said the firearms from the Uganda are the main cause of insecurity in the [county]. "We have instituted measures that will ensure thorough checks at our border points of Malaba and Lwakhakha to ensure that firearms are not sneaked from Uganda,"he said. Guns are easily available in Uganda with security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37825

South Africa,South Sudan

26 August 2013

Bor Globe (USA)

The United Nations (UN) has enlisted the services of a South African partnership to establish a weapons marking and identification system in South Sudan. The marking and identification process is unique in Africa and was designed and developed in South Africa by a partnership of FACTT, a software development company, and Traceability Solutions, a hardware development and manufacturing organisation. "If ever there was a baptism by fire for our product, this is it,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bor Globe (USA)

37794

Zimbabwe

21 August 2013

Herald (Zimbabwe)

Harare businessman Irvine Mereki shot dead his long-time girlfriend before turning the gun on himself on Monday night at the height of a domestic dispute at a house in Avondale. Mereki (32) and Clariss Chopamba, whose age was not given, were found dead by a maid yesterday morning when she called for work. Police spokesperson Superintendent Blessmore Chishaka confirmed the incident that occurred at a house along Oxford Road in Avondale. "We confirm the death of the two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald (Zimbabwe)

37782

Zambia

17 August 2013

Times of Zambia

A Livingstone police officer has shot his girlfriend dead before turning the firearm on himself, Southern Province Police chief Charity Katanga has said. Pukutani Banda, 54, is alleged to have quarrelled with his girlfriend before the shooting occurred. Mr Banda of Muzukung'ombe Police Camp, who was based at Livingstone Central Police, shot himself dead with a revolver around 11:50 hours yesterday. This was after killing his girlfriend, identified as Margaret... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Zambia

37775

South Sudan

17 August 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — South Sudan's interior ministry has issued an order banning unauthorized personnel from carrying any type of weapon and canceling licenses not bearing the signature of the interior minister. "From now onward, guns and all other types of weapons owned by police personnel and other organized forces will have to be kept in stores. All the police personnel on duty will no longer be able to carry their personal weapons in the public", Aleu Ayieny Aleu, the new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

37771

Tanzania

11 August 2013

Tanzania Daily News

A few metres down the lane from the legendary 'Clock Tower' roundabout, along Sokoine Road, there is a special store which stocks arms and ammunition. The shop mostly serves as a reminder or monument indicating that people here are free to buy and own fire arms like pistols and guns, as long as their acquisitions are done in accordance with the law . During the boom of Tanzanite mining in the 90s, many people who were in one way or another involved with Mirerani Hills,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

37748

Germany,East Africa,Tanzania

3 August 2013

Tanzania Daily News

A high percentage of firearms in the country are currently in the hands of wrong people and President Jakaya Kikwete has issued a directive for culprits to surrender weapons immediately or face the full force of the law. Addressing residents in Biharamulo District, Mr Kikwete issued a two week ultimatum for culprits to comply, warning that a major operation is underway to recover these weapons. "We cannot allow Tanzanians to be terrorised by a few criminals," warned... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News

37726

Kenya

23 July 2013

Star (Kenya)

MPs from Pokot and Turkana counties want communities in the region to surrender illegal arms in order to help end insecurity in the region. The legislators say the more than 50,000 small arms held by herders in the region have been a major source of insecurity and killings of innocent people during cattle rustling attacks, a practice which the 14 MPs have resolved to eradicate. They made the declaration at a meeting in Eldoret yesterday. "We are now united as leaders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37688

Syria,Sudan,South Africa,Kenya

20 July 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Saturday Star

JOHANNESBURG - A director of a Joburg gun shop was allegedly involved in importing military weapons for "special forces" and then selling them to countries in conflict. This emerged in a state affidavit placed before the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on Friday. In the bail application of Gareth De Nysschen, a director at Dave Sheer Guns, the State indicated that the business had been investigated by military intelligence for two years. De Nysschen was arrested last week... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Saturday Star

37679

Kenya

4 July 2013

Star (Kenya)

Tana Delta residents are yet to surrender illegal firearms since the government issued an amnesty last year. Authorities said no one has voluntarily surrendered any weapon including those stolen from police officers killed in Kilelengwani. Area Deputy County Commissioner Mike Kimoko said they have begun negotiations with the locals to enlighten them on the danger of having the firearms in wrong hands. Kimoko said in a telephone interview that they were optimistic of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37632

Africa,South Sudan

4 July 2013

Bor Globe (USA)

Unrest and suspicion of police means few are willing to give up their share of the 3m small arms and light weapons in circulation Ending insecurity and extending the new government's writ across South Sudan, a country roughly the size of France, is one of the main challenges facing its struggling leadership. But the prevalence of large numbers of mostly unregulated small arms and light weapons – an estimated 3m are in circulation – makes this daunting task all the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bor Globe (USA)

37631

Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Colombia,Somalia,Yemen,Oceania

26 June 2013

International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva), Media release

Geneva – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Medical Association (WMA) signed a memorandum of understanding in Geneva today, in which the two organizations agree to join forces in a worldwide effort to combat violence against patients and health-care workers. The memorandum of understanding brings the WMA on board as a partner in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's "Heath Care in Danger" project, a four-year... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva)

37608

Kenya

21 June 2013

Global Times (China)

Kenyan police on Thursday night killed 9 gangsters and recovered five firearms, three vehicles and mobile phones after a fierce shootout at residential estate in Nairobi. Regional police commander Benson Kibui said they had received a tip off from members of the public and dispatched police officers from the Special Crime Prevention Unit who trailed the gangsters and eventually shot them dead at Mwiki estate. "We killed nine robbers on Thursday evening and recovered... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Times (China)

37595

Malawi

19 June 2013

Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

Lilongwe — Mkukula First Grade Magistrate court on Monday sentenced Chimwanza Chikhosi to nine months imprisonment with hard labour for being found in possession of a fire arm without license which is contrary to section 1 (a) of Fire Arms Act. Kanengo police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Salome Chibwana told Malawi News Agency that police received a tip from the general public that Chikhosi was possessing a fire arm without a license which is also giving pressure... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

37585

Kenya,Uganda

13 June 2013

Star (Kenya)

KITALE - Kitale deputy police boss Duncan Nguthu has said two guns and 150 rounds of ammunition recovered from three criminal suspects killed at Kiminini recently came from Uganda. Addressing mourners at Kamukuywa during the burial ceremony of a security officer, Nguthu said the equipment had not been used. Last week, three suspected criminals were lynched and their bodies burnt beyond recognition by the public. Nguthu asked leaders and chiefs to revive community... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37568

South Sudan,Sudan

12 June 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Over 500 illegal firearms have been collected over the last week from civilians in Unity state's Koch, Rubkotna and Mayom counties, according to the military. The commander of the fourth division of South Sudan's army - the SPLA - Maj Gen James Koang Chuol, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that disarmament exercise was ordered by governor, Taban Deng Gai, to address the deteriorating security situation in the three counties. Over 22 people were killed in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

37561

Kenya

30 May 2013

Standard (Nairobi)

KENYA - Six months after the massacre of 42 policemen in Samburu in an ambush by cattle rustlers, security agents are yet to recover 40 firearms stolen from the deceased. Not a single firearm has been surrendered following an amnesty issued by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo months ago to residents in possession of illegal weapons and those stolen during the ambush. The Standard has established that bandits are roaming the area freely and eight cattle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

37520

South Sudan,Sudan

30 May 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

BOR — The commissioner of South Sudan's police in Jonglei state has reported 85 AK47 rifles, 1 PKM machine guns and a number of pistols have been confiscated from civilians in a disarmament clampdown in Bor town on May 29. "We targeted some residential houses in Bor, we searched for guns only but the our security forces had no problems with the people living here", General Majok Adol said. Sources said the disarmament-targeted houses of the individuals who were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

37512

Zambia

12 May 2013

Times of Zambia

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has urged the Zambia Police Service to revive the gun amnesty and buy-back schemes to reduce the number of illicit firearms in Zambia. Mr Lungu said the police should seriously look into the increased misuse of firearms that were mostly smuggled into Zambia. He said this when he officiated at the opening of Kanele Shopping Mall and Kanele Enterprise yesterday. "The regulations of firearms dealing are continuously being stiffened both... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Zambia

37432

Uganda,Kenya

10 May 2013

Star (Kenya)

Western PC James Serian has said the regional security team is profiling people with illegal arms. "There are illegal firearms in Western particularly in Mt Elgon, Malaba, Teso, Busia, along the Kenya and even Kakamega. Currently we are profiling all persons we suspect have fire arms," said Serian. He said the provincial security team will start an operation to recover all guns in wrong hands in the area. Serian said the porous Kenya-Uganda border could be blamed for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37437

Kenya

9 May 2013

Star (Kenya)

MOMBASA - An assistant police commissioner has denied claims that firearms are being issue to unvetted people. Central Firearms Bureau chief licensing officer David Baya said firearms are only issued to civilians after going through a series of thorough interrogations by security officers at different levels. A civilian who owned a licensed gun told media houses that there is a broker in Mombasa behind the deals. He said the broker cuts deals between senior security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37429

Kenya

17 April 2013

Capital FM (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya – A survey conducted recently has revealed an alarming level of armed robberies and other violent crimes in Nairobi. According to the study by Security Research and Information Centre, 41 percent of crimes reported are violent robberies and residents in all parts of the city are prone to such attacks. Inspector General David Kimaiyo welcomed the Nairobi Regional Annual Crime Observatory Report, saying it will help in facilitating stakeholders to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM (Nairobi)

37336

Rwanda

16 April 2013

New Times (Rwanda)

The Minister of Internal Security and Chairman of the Regional Centre on Small Arms, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana, has called for firearms to be marked and recorded as means of fighting illicit arms trafficking. Harerimana made the remarks as he opened a two-day trans-regional seminar on arms making guidelines for the Economic Community of Central Africa States (Eccas) in Kigali. The meeting, according to the minister, is an opportunity to harmonise efforts and share... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

37335

Somalia

15 April 2013

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW - Bomb and gun attacks have left at least 19 people dead in Somali capital Mogadishu, media reported. A total of 16 people, including nine assailants, are thought to have been killed after gunmen attacked the city's key court buildings. A car bomb later killed three people, including one attacker, as it went off on the road to the airport, the BBC reported. Islamist militant group al-Shabab, linked to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Shabab... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)

37319

South America,South Asia,East Africa,North Africa,Western Europe,Southern Europe,East Asia,Central America,Southern Africa,Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Liberia,Sierra Leone,South Sudan,Haiti,South Africa

10 April 2013

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Media release

VIENNA - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in London today, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, said: "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

38560

Egypt,Liberia,Mali,Palestine,Chad,Somalia,Tunisia,Algeria,Niger

10 April 2013

Daily News (Egypt)

The United Nations published a report on Tuesday which concludes that weapons used during the Libyan civil war against Muammar Gaddafi are being funnelled at an alarming rate to other countries in the region. The report said these weapons have been found to be used in the recent war in Mali, the West Bank in Palestine and the ongoing Syrian civil war, with Egypt and the Sahel region receiving the most significant amounts. The report said these weapons are fuelling... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News (Egypt)

37305

Tanzania

10 April 2013

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

DAR ES SALAAM - Police in the city have recovered three guns and 33 bullets from different locations. The weapons were reportedly to be used by suspected bandits in commiting robberies. The firearms were recovered in a special round up carried out by police after receiving intelligence information from citizens, according to Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Suleiman Kova. He said that one sub machine gun (SMG) was recovered at Kimbangulile area in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

37304

Kenya

30 March 2013

Star (Kenya)

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has asked for a full list of all licensed firearms across the country as police launch an audit of guns and ammunition. The police chief has asked for the audit from the Chief Firearms Licensing Officer who keeps records of all arms. Kimaiyo yesterday said he had called for the routine audit to establish how many guns are in private hands and those in custody of security agents, including those being used by police reservists... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37263

Iran,Syria,United Kingdom,Kenya,North Korea

29 March 2013

Australian (Sydney)

Iran, North Korea and Syria have held up agreement on the first global treaty on the $US80 billion ($A76.97 billion) a year conventional arms trade. The three states twice blocked moves to adopt a treaty by consensus at the end of 10 days of arduous talks at the UN headquarters. Kenya announced that a coalition of countries from around the world would now take the treaty straight to the 193-member UN General Assembly next week for approval. It can be passed with a two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney)

37253

Burundi,Tanzania

28 March 2013

Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Armed robbers are out of their lair again and are busy scheming, so it seems. It was reported in the press early this week that five suspected robbers had been gunned down by police in Kagera Region. The robbers had engaged four motor vehicles in a stick-up and were robbing passengers when the police, who had already been tipped off, ambushed them. The police killed five suspects in the ensuing shoot-out. The police recovered two sub-machine guns in the process. They... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

37246

Uganda

27 March 2013

Monitor (Kampala)

Kampala - Police have said they have stopped licensing of guns to people and ordered private security organisations to deploy more than one security guard at business premises. The measure comes at the backdrop of increased armed robberies in the city and its suburbs that have claimed lives of more than four prominent businessmen since the year started. "We are calling upon private security agencies to deploy about two or more security guards at every station as this... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Monitor (Kampala)

37241

Central Africa,East Africa,Ghana

26 March 2013

Spy Ghana (Ghana)

Ghana has played a major role in stopping the illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and has destroyed over 2,500 weapons since 2001, according to the Member of Parliament for Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin. Addressing Parliamentarians from 12 countries in Africa on the strides Ghana has made in dealing with the illegal trade in guns, Hon. Bagbin stated that Ghana is an active member of the global efforts to control illicit... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Spy Ghana (Ghana)

37238

Kenya

26 March 2013

Star (Kenya)

A police officer who was allegedly harassing members of the public in Siakago town last weekend by cocking his gun and threatening to shoot them is facing disciplinary measures. Reliable sources told the star that the officer who was armed with an AK47 rifle was guarding the Cooperative Bank in Siakago town when he began harassing members of public. The sources said he would now and then sneak into a nearby bar and drink beer before going back to his station.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37237

Uganda

22 March 2013

New Vision (Kampala)

The Police have listed over a dozen criminal gangs that are terrorising residents in and around Kampala. The media has recently been awash with reports of daring thugs raiding police stations and making off with weapons, killing or injuring security personnel and civilians in addition to rampant robberies of money and property. Recently thugs raided Mpala police station on Entebbe road and stole a gun and ammunition. Last week a gang raided the suburb of Bweyogerere... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

37221

Tanzania,Germany

20 March 2013

IPP Media

German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the Tanzanian Police have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against organised crime and international terrorism. "The fight against international terrorism, piracy, organized crime and also everyday crime remains the essential task of the security authorities throughout the world … therefore, international cooperation is crucial …," stated the German Ambassador Klaus-Peter Brandes. He emphasised... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IPP Media

37211

Somalia

19 March 2013

Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Galgadud regional authorities on Monday (March 18th) arrested nine people for illegal possession of firearms, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported. The suspects were arrested in the Marer Gur, Ina Mad and Gadon villages and will soon be charged in court with breaking regional regulations, said Dusamareb security boss Farhan Moalim Ali. Ali said the crackdown on illegal gun ownership will continue and urged locals to support the administration's security mission by... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sabahi (Washington, DC)

37204

Congo (DRC),Zimbabwe,Mozambique,Angola,Zambia,Africa

18 March 2013

Times of Zambia

TODAY (March 18, 2013) will be a crunch day of epic proportions when the United Nations Organisation (UN) convenes at its New York Headquarters to start negotiations to conclude an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that has the potential to forever regulate the hitherto unregulated trade in conventional weapons. The global trade in conventional weapons - from warships and battle tanks to fighter jets and machine guns - remains poorly regulated. No internationally agreed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times of Zambia

37197

Uganda

14 March 2013

Observer (Kampala), Editorial

The minister of Defence, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, has promised stricter gun control in the aftermath of a shooting incident in Bombo town council in which 10 people were killed. Kiyonga told Parliament on Wednesday that security organs are to review their discipline and gun control measures in a bid to achieve institutional tight control on firearms. This is long overdue as there have been far too many shooting incidents in Uganda involving armed security officers over the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

37187

Somalia

8 March 2013

Garowe Online (Garowe), Opinion

The UN Security Council in a surprisingly unanimous vote opted for a partial lift of the 21 year old -virtually non-existent - arms embargo that dawned on Somalia after the breakout of civil war. Since then, a steady of flow of small arms has been funnelled into the conflict prone country despite the Security Council having knowledge of the proliferation of small arms. Knowing that, will that stop the conflict in the war torn country - who was able to shrewdly import... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Garowe Online (Garowe)

37173

Europe,China,Asia,Americas,Oceania,Kenya,Cuba,Côte d'Ivoire,Africa,Central America,Russia,United States

7 March 2013

Amnesty International (London), Media release

It is estimated at least half a million people are killed with guns every year and on average a further 200,000 men, women and children die as an indirect result of armed conflicts and violence that are frequently fuelled by the uncontrolled flow of small arms. And for every person that is killed in an armed conflict, many more are injured and tortured, raped, abused, forcibly disappeared, taken hostage or displaced. Even more have their access to food, water, shelter,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Amnesty International (London)

37175

Sudan,South Sudan

2 March 2013

Sudan Tribune (France)

Bentiu — Local leaders in Unity state called for a new round of voluntarily civilian disarmament at a two-day conference in Bentiu last week to address the issue of violent crime and cattle raiding. The conference, facilitated by the Conflict Mitigation and Stabilization Initiative (CMSI) brought chiefs, executives directors, civil society groups and police officers from Unity state's nine counties together to discuss how to persuade civilians to handover illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

37136

China,Africa,Côte d'Ivoire,Somalia,Angola,South Africa,Sudan,Zimbabwe,Kenya

21 February 2013

Star (Kenya), Opinion

Much is being written and said in the media and academic circles about China's increasing engagement with Africa on many economic and other fronts. Some see this as benefiting Africa; others as detrimental to the real needs of African countries and peoples. Some critics have used phrases like "the second scramble for Africa" and "re-colonization of Africa" to describe the new development. The debate goes on. Yet, there is one subject that has not received the serious... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37098

Russia,Nigeria,Madagascar,Guinea

19 February 2013

BBC News

Fifteen Russian sailors have been charged in a court in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, with illegally bringing weapons into the country. The crew of the MV Myre Seadiver were denied bail by the High Court, pending a final ruling on Monday. The Nigerian navy had seized the ship, owned by Moscow-based security firm Moran, last October. Moran has said the ship had permission to carry arms and had stopped in Lagos to change crew. The vessel had been travelling from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37084

East Africa,Tanzania,Germany

17 February 2013

Tanzania Daily News (Dar Es Salaam)

The Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, has said that recovery of more than 500,000 small arms and light weapons presently in wrong hands in the East African region would be possible through shared information among the member states. Speaking at the destruction of illicit small arms and light weapons, the event held at Ukonga Prisons Ground on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, and witnessed by delegates to the East African Community (EAC) Joint Meeting of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News (Dar Es Salaam)

37075

Somalia

12 February 2013

al Jazeera

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The car barely came to a stop when a hand softly knocked at the tinted passenger seat window. The window rolled down, revealing a tall, skinny figure wearing a half-buttoned, baggy polyester shirt, a red sarong, and pink sandals - and holding a rusty AK-47 in his left hand. "Seven-hundred fifty dollars," he said in a firm voice, barely making eye contact, before dropping the fully loaded gun onto this reporter's lap. Another 10 men came rushing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37052

Iran,Yemen,North Korea,Libya,Somalia,Africa

10 February 2013

Reuters

As the United States pushes for an end to the U.N. arms embargo on Somalia, U.N. monitors are reporting that Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa nation are receiving arms from distribution networks linked to Yemen and Iran, diplomats told Reuters. The U.N. Security Council's sanctions monitoring team's concerns about Iranian and Yemeni links to arms supplies for al Shabaab militants come as Yemen is asking Tehran to stop backing armed groups on Yemeni soil. Last... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37046

Tanzania

8 February 2013

Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

DODOMA — The government will look into the possibility of people in Zanzibar to own firearms but the matter will be worked out carefully to study its legal status and other various implications. The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Pereila Ame Silima, told the Parliament that according to the law, the Firearms Decree Cap section 165, Zanzibaris are not allowed to own firearms except for security organs. He said due to the fact that normal civilians in the Isles... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

37042

Kenya

6 February 2013

Capital FM (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — With less than a month to go until Kenya's general election, analysts are warning that widespread illegal gun ownership presents real risks to security. Government efforts to disarm the population have been ineffective, they say. The warnings come after a series of violent incidents, particularly between pastoral and farming communities fighting over water, grazing rights and other resources. Clashes between the Orma and Pokomo groups in the Tana Delta... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM (Nairobi)

37037

South Sudan

4 February 2013

Voice of America

AWEIL, South Sudan — The head of South Sudan's Bureau for Small Arms Control has called for a nationwide effort to drastically reduce the number of firearms in the country, saying a "gun-free society" is key to stability in the fledgling nation. "It is absolutely fundamental for all of us – for communities, for the government, for religious leaders, for traditional leaders, for you and everybody - to ensure we live in a peaceful environment, a gun-free society.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of America

37034

Kenya

31 January 2013

Star (Kenya)

Detectives are investigating alleged threats and misuse of firearms by aides to some politicians in Mombasa County. Coast provincial police boss Aggrey Adoli said his office had received complaints over misuse of arms which had caused a major security threat during campaigns. "We want to establish if the bodyguards who have been brandishing pistols and shooting in the air in public places have genuine license to carry the firearms," said Adoli. A senior police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

37013

West Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Uganda,Rwanda,Tanzania,Burundi

27 January 2013

New Vision (Kampala)

The East Africa Action Network on small arms (EAANSA) has called for tougher laws and increased vigilance among member states of the East African community (EAC) to curb illegal movement of small arms and light weapons. According to the executive secretary EAANSA, Richard Mugisha, considering that the dynamics and movement of small arms and light weapons (SALWs) transcend the political boarders that divide state parties within East Africa, there is need for increased... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

37051

United Kingdom,Madagascar

27 January 2013

Mongabay / TanaNews (Madagascar)

Britain has authorized the export of thousands of guns to Madagascar, according to TanaNews.com, sparking concerns that the firearms could be used for hunting endangered lemurs. Data from the UK government's Strategic Export Controls website shows that licenses for the export of 3,174 guns to Madagascar were granted between August 2011 and June 2012. Most of the weapons were for anti-piracy activities, but 190 sporting guns — guns specifically intended for hunting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mongabay / TanaNews (Madagascar)

36989

Czech Republic,Hungary,Côte d'Ivoire,Iran,Guinea,Niger,Russia,South Sudan,China,Uganda,Afghanistan,Nigeria,Kenya,Iraq,Congo (DRC)

11 January 2013

New York Times

The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36931

England & Wales,Djibouti,Sri Lanka,Yemen,Somalia,European Union

10 January 2013

Guardian (UK)

Private security companies guarding ships against Somali pirates are increasingly storing their weapons on so-called "floating armouries" in international waters, to avoid arms smuggling laws when they dock in ports. About 20 ships stocked with assault rifles and other small arms as well as ammunition, body armour and night vision goggles are scattered around the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, the EU naval force has confirmed. The legal status of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36926

Russia,Ukraine,Kenya,East Africa,European Union,Israel,Libya,Yemen,Ethiopia,United States,Somalia

9 January 2013

Star (Kenya)

Whether looking after his herd of cattle or taking them to the watering point, Boru hardly leaves his AK47 behind. He lives in the outskirts of Gambella village, a few kilometres from Isiolo town. "It has become like a stick for me. I carry it around and my enemies fear me. It gives me more power than I had before I acquired it," Boru said. Taking cover from the scorching sun under the shade of an old acacia tree, Boru, a father of three, told the Star he bought his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36922

Tanzania

8 January 2013

Sabahi / Guardian (Dar Es Salaam)

Tanzanian police recovered 439 illegal firearms from citizens in a month-long drive to collect unlicensed weapons, police spokesperson Advera Senso announced Monday (January 7th). The police drive, which ended January 5th, afforded Tanzanians an opportunity to give up their illegal arms without consequence, Tanzania's The Guardian reported. Surrendered weapons included shotguns, rifles, submachine guns, pistols, air guns and rockets. Police will now begin a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sabahi / Guardian (Dar Es Salaam)

36919

Uganda,Ethiopia,Kenya,South Sudan,Somalia,East Africa,Tanzania

8 January 2013

Star (Kenya), Series

There are estimated 530,000-680,000 firearms in the wrong hands in Kenya. The number of illegal arms has grown over the years and is said to fuel the conflicts witnessed within Kenya and the region. In an investigation that took close to a year, our correspondent Kassim Mohamed tracked down some of the people who smuggle small arms and light weapons into Kenya and unveils a dangerous trend that can affect the current peace if nothing is done by not just the Kenyan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36916

Zimbabwe,Pakistan,Colombia,United States,Brazil

25 December 2012

Rio Times, Opinion

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Last week's slaughter of twenty elementary school children in the United States has tragic echoes with the massacre in Realengo, Rio de Janeiro earlier this year. At 8:30 AM on April 7th, Wellington Oliveira calmly walked into a classroom with two .38 and .32 caliber handguns, and shot twelve children dead. At least sixty shots were fired and twenty boys and girls were critically wounded. It was the worst school massacre in Brazilian history.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rio Times

36868

Tanzania

20 December 2012

Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Armed robbers have once again emerged from their lair in the criminal underworld after a brief lull. Three robbers shot the cashier of Artan Company of Dar es Salaam as he was about to take 150m/- to a bank. The victim died in hospital later. One of the robbers shot and killed an incensed bystander in the presence of police officers who was about to hit him with a stone. The police say all three robbers have been apprehended but confess to have failed to recover the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

36847

South Sudan

16 December 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

Last week, in commemoration of Human Rights Day, I was interviewed by Radio France International (RFI) http://us.mg5.mail.yahoo.com/neo/#http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20121211-protestors-killed-south-sudan so as to highlight the issues of human rights abuses in South Sudan. The interview was as timely as it was necessary. The increase of violent killings in Juba and around South Sudan is acknowledged by the country's Minister of Interior Alison Manani Magaya,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

36849

Kenya

14 December 2012

Star (Kenya)

Between 170 Thousand and 200 thousand household have illegal firearms due to porous borders. Internal security assistant Minister Alfred Khangati says the government is at the moment carrying out a disarmament program. Khangati says a policy on small arms has been drawn and awaits cabinet... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36835

Kenya

10 December 2012

Reuters

Sixty men armed with machetes, clubs and bows and arrows tried and failed to steal guns from a police station in Mombasa, in the biggest attack planned by separatists seeking independence for Kenya's Indian Ocean coastal strip, police said on Monday. Police intercepted the men on their way to the station. They said they belonged to the secessionist Mombasa Republic Council (MRC), an accusation rejected by its leaders, and that three separatists were later killed in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36814

East Africa,Tanzania

6 December 2012

Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salam), Opinion

Recent State campaign against illegal ownership of small firearms succeeded in impounding 304 guns. It is kudos for the Police Force. The number of firearms found during the brief campaign must have shocked the nation. The find pointed to the stark reality that too many arms were in dangerous hands. In fact, armed banditry has escalated to alarming proportions in the last few months. It is this nettling situation that has prompted the government to issue an ultimatum... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salam)

36799

East Africa,Tanzania

5 December 2012

AfriqueJet

Unlicensed gun holders in Tanzania have 30 days from Wednesday (5 Dec) to surrender the weapons to the police or risk legal action, Home Affairs Minister Emmanuel Nchimbi has said. Underlining the general public concern about the increased incidents of armed robberies around the country, Mr. Nchimbi said the government had issued a one-month notice as the last chance for persons in illegal possession of firearms. "At the expiry of this period we are going to take... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: AfriqueJet

36804

China,United States,Zimbabwe,Sudan,Côte d'Ivoire,South Africa,Somalia

28 November 2012

Global Post (Boston)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — China's aggressive new strategy to sell weapons in Africa was on clear display at a recent defense exposition here. The pavilion for Chinese manufacturers was among the three largest at the Africa Aerospace and Defense exhibition in September, surpassed only by host South Africa and the United States, the world's largest weapons maker by far. Many of the made-in-China weapons touted by firms such as Norinco and Poly Technologies were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global Post (Boston)

36790

South Sudan

27 November 2012

Médecins Sans Frontières, Media release

JUBA — A report released today by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) highlights the devastating impact of violence on the lives and health of civilians in South Sudan's Jonglei state. Women and children as young as four months old are among the victims. Healthcare is threatened as medical facilities are targeted and destroyed. Jonglei state has a long history of intercommunal cattle-raiding; however, since 2009 thousands of civilians, women and children have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Médecins Sans Frontières

36776

Congo (DRC),United States,Burkina Faso,Tanzania

26 November 2012

New York Times

NEW YORK — As icons go, few things communicate global menace more effectively than the stark silhouette of an AK-47. Designed more than six decades ago by Mikhail Kalashnikov, a former Soviet tank commander, the assault rifle boasts the dubious distinction of being the most abundant and reliable killing device in history. "In much of the world they are everyman's gun," the New York Times foreign correspondent C.J. Chivers wrote in "The Gun," his 2010 social history... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36773

Tanzania

19 November 2012

Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Government trophies worth 618.4m/- were seized at Tunduru, Ruvuma Region, in an on-going operation by a special joint task force formed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. The operation, which was launched in July this year, impounded 297 firearms, 370 rounds of ammunition and 150 shell castings. The type of firearms seized included 47 submachine guns, 225 homemade guns (gobole), 23 rifles, two SARs, one SMG, and one Egyptian G3. Trophies seized include... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

36757

South Sudan

15 November 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

BOR — Lawmakers in South Sudan's eastern state of Jonglei, the scene of a localised rebellion and controversial disarmament campaign, have passed a bill making it illegal for civilians to carry guns or ammunition without a licence. The Social Firearms and Ammunitions Control Bill, passed in the state parliament's last session before the long Christmas recess, is in response to ongoing insecurity in the state. It is almost a year since cattle raiding and reprisal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

36748

Mozambique

14 November 2012

Agência de Informação de Moçambique (Mozambique)

MAPUTO — Three members of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) have been arrested for stealing and selling firearms. According to Orlando Mudumane, spokesperson for the Maputo City Police Command, cited in Wednesday's issue of the daily paper "Noticias", the men, named as 29 year old A. Francisco, M. Kuamende (42) and I Naveta (29), are stationed at different FADM units in Maputo City and Province. Also arrested was 28 year old F, Joao, who purchased one of the stolen... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Agência de Informação de Moçambique (Mozambique)

36745

Kenya

29 October 2012

Capital FM (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A police officer shot and killed his 23-year-old daughter in Kakamega and wounded his wife before killing himself on Monday morning. The officer had just collected his AK 47 rifle from the armoury at 7.30am in readiness to go supervise the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations when he suddenly went back to his house and found his daughter in the kitchen preparing breakfast. "As soon as he collected the rifle, he was supposed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM (Nairobi)

36693

Kenya

26 October 2012

Star (Kenya)

A man who was arrested in Laikipia for ferrying firearms was yesterday arraigned before a Nyahururu court. Lucas Lolodepe denied the charges of illegal possession of firearms. Appearing before Nyahururu principal magistrate William Chepseba, he denied eight counts of holding various types of guns. According to the charge sheet, they included six AK 47 rifles, two G3 and seven Russian made carrabine guns. He was also arrested with five rounds of ammunition and working... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36687

Tanzania

25 October 2012

Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

BAGAMOYO — The government is planning to introduce a firearms management organ to prevent abuse of the weapons by those possessing them legally, the Civilian Owned Firearms Registrar, Superintendent of Police (SP), Tulibake Mkondya, has said. Speaking during media sensitization on peace and security here, Ms Mkondya, said the new organ will be training those applying for firearm's possession, saying the legal firearm owners will be undergoing frequent shooting range... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

36682

Eritrea

24 October 2012

Ethiopian Review / Slate Afrique

The Eritrean government has launched a comprehensive program of distribution of machine guns and ammunition to the population, especially in the cities. A measure that sows fear and confusion among Eritreans inside and in the diaspora. Since Spring 2012, with the usual silent paranoia that characterizes the government of Eritrea has been forcing ordinary citizens to be enlisted in neighborhood militias, according to the testimony of many Eritreans in the country and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ethiopian Review / Slate Afrique

36697

Kenya

23 October 2012

Star (Kenya)

The Government has issued amnesty to all those who would surrender firearms voluntarily in the Tanadelta district which experienced deadly clashes in the past two months. Authorities said all those who would surrender firearms voluntarily shall not be prosecuted and instead will be given certificates of commendation for returning the illegal firearms. However those who will defy the orders shall be liable for prosecution and face the full force of the law as more than... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36673

Somalia,Congo (DRC),Kenya,South Sudan,Sudan,Uganda,East Africa

16 October 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

Directors of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorates (CIID) in the East African region on Monday resolved to support Somalia to neutralise gun trafficking across the region. The directors said arms traffickers were taking advantage of Somalia's instability and location next to the sea. The Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura, said Somalia, which is now a reconstructed state, is ready to halt and thrash all culprits in gun trafficking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

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Kenya

15 October 2012

Garowe Online (Somalia)

DADAAB, Kenya — Gunmen killed an official of the Dadaab security committee in broad daylight on Monday, Garowe Online reports. According to sources, four gunmen in the IFO camp part of the massive Dadaab refugee camp killed Mahad Said Duaseyne on Monday, a high-ranking member of the camps security committee. The gunmen fled the scene after the shooting and authorities are currently investigating the killing. According to witnesses, Mr. Duaseyne was shot repeatedly... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Garowe Online (Somalia)

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Kenya

6 October 2012

Star (Kenya)

Anti-terrorism police officers yesterday seized two AK-47 rifles, 60 rounds of ammunition and three AK-47 magazines in a bus at Mokowe in Lamu. The Mombasa bound bus belonging to Najah Company was intercepted after intelligence reports indicated that it was smuggling the firearms. Coast provincial police boss Aggrey Adoli said the seizure is a major breakthrough on the war against terror. Ten suspects including the driver of the bus, conductor and passengers are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

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Turkey,Djibouti,United Arab Emirates

26 September 2012

National (Abu Dhabi)

The State Security Court has cleared four men of smuggling firearms and bullets into the UAE. Customs detected the "large amount" of guns and ammunition as they passed through Jebel Ali Port on their way to Djibouti from Turkey. Accompanying documents said it contained soap. The lawyer for the four men said they had no knowledge of the contents. He said they worked for a company in Dubai that specialises in shipments that transit through the UAE. The company is said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National (Abu Dhabi)

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Kenya

25 September 2012

Star (Kenya), Opinion

Security agencies are conducting a disarmament exercise in Tana River that is necessary to flush out guns illegally held by locals. It is highly likely that these firearms were used in the recent spate of violence that left more than 110 people dead and thousands displaced. While most of the deaths were from what police describes as crude weapons including pangas and clubs, a few gunshot wounds were reported. Guns could have also been used to subdue the victims before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

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Tanzania,Burundi

13 September 2012

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

Cross-border crime has been a major concern in the Great Lakes Region, which is awash with small arms. Raids, abductions and robberies have common. We therefore commend Tanzania and Burundi for planning to jointly tackle banditry in Lake Tanganyika and beyond it. For a long time Burundians and Tanzanians at their border have been at the mercy of a network of crime gangs. Criminals from Burundi have been hiding in Tanzania after committing offences in that country and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

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Africa,Rwanda

11 September 2012

News of Rwanda

The Police have in the past conducted various campaigns to get firearm weapons from the public, but the rate at which they are causing harm shows that they are still scattered around the country. Last week, September 5, a 12-year old boy died following a grenade explosion at their home in Nyarurama cell, Ntongwe sector, Ruhango District. The blast took place right in their store. According to ACP Sam Karemera, the National Focal Point Coordinator on small arms and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News of Rwanda

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Turkey,Djibouti,Spain

4 September 2012

Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

Authorities in this southern Spanish port seized 22,272 pistols that were being smuggled in a container declared to be transporting textiles from Turkey to the East African nation of Djibouti. The weapons, which could have fetched more than 2 million euros ($2.5 million) on the international arms market, were seized on Aug. 28 in what is considered to be the largest illegal arms shipment intercepted by Spanish customs authorities in recent years, the Civil Guard and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News Latino (USA) / EFE News Agency

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Uganda

24 August 2012

Observer (Kampala)

Police yesterday said murders in the country were on the rise because of the rampant influx of guns and ammunition through Uganda's porous borders. Police publicist Simon Kuteesa told journalists that most of the murders in the country were a result of shooting, mob justice, assault, suicide and love gone bad. "The major challenge we have is that our borders are porous and there is no way we can fight the influx of the ammunitions," Kuteesa said, as police released... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

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Tanzania

18 August 2012

Arusha Times (Tanzania)

Police in Arusha have recovered a Shortgun - Greener GP - abandoned by bandits when Police were tailing them. Arusha's Regional Police Commander, Liberatus Sabas told reporters in his office on Wednesday that the incident happened on August 12. He explained that when the suspects realized that they were being pursued by Patrol Police they relieved themselves of a bag that one of them was carrying and fled. Police picked up the bag only to find out that its contents... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arusha Times (Tanzania)

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Kenya

18 August 2012

Star (Kenya)

The government yesterday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the warring pastoralists and farmers in Tana River to surrender all illegal firearms before they are forcibly disarmed. Coast PC Samuel Kilele issued the order after a more than four-hour meeting leaders in Garsen. The meeting was attended by senior provincial security chiefs including police boss Aggrey Adoli, area MP Danson Mungatana and leaders from the two communities. Kilele said he was aware that there were... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

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Zambia

18 August 2012

Times (Zambia)

A security guard from Armguard Security Company yesterday accidentally shot himself in the leg in a bizarre incident at Great East Mall in Chipata, Eastern Province. The guard, who has been identified as Tazman Siyamboni, was on duty providing security to bank officials who were loading money in the Automated Teller Machines (ATM) when he accidentally pulled the trigger of a green rifle gun and shot himself in the leg. The incident happened in full view of some... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (Zambia)

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East Africa,Uganda

10 August 2012

Observer (Kampala)

Hoping to curb the use of illicit small arms and light weapons, the police, army and prisons will inscribe electronic bar codes on all guns in their armouries. The country has recently been rocked by violent crimes, especially murders and armed robberies. And the police and other security organs blame this increased wave of criminal activities on illegal firearms. Speaking at a recent national workshop for the media and armed forces on the small arms and light weapons,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

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Rwanda

8 August 2012

Rwanda National Police News, Media release

On 06 Aug 2012, the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the National Focal Point Coordination met the local media in a bid to assess its role in creating awareness towards fighting trafficking of illicit and proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the country. Media as a form of communication which is accessible to nearly every Rwandan is being relied on to sensitize and advice the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Rwanda National Police News

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Kenya

2 August 2012

Star (Kenya)

Spy agents will soon have powers to carry and use firearms in an attempt to deal with increasing security threats. The National Intelligence Service Bill 2012 which is now before Parliament also gives the agency's Director General, "in the event of extreme emergency" unfettered access to any place, seize any property including information and document [sic] and restrain suspects from escaping. There is however a caveat that the DG shall "as soon as practically... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

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Kenya,East Africa,Syria,Uganda

28 July 2012

Independent (Kampala)

United Nations diplomats from over 190 countries, including Uganda, are at the organisation's headquarters in New York discussing a pact to regulate the global arms trade. The Global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) would especially check the illicit trade in arms in a global arms industry that, while amounting to US$60 billion, remains unregulated. Advocates for the treaty say this lack of regulation of the arms industry is catastrophic, as it fuels conflicts that claim... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Kampala)

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Somalia

24 July 2012

Somaliland Sun (Somalia)

Using data from several weapons policy and prevention surveys we were able to extract key information about weapons policy and proliferation in Somalia. We hope it is of use to those looking to get general information about small arms throughout Somalia and if there are policies regulating their usage. The surveys were taken between 2002 and 2011. Numbers - There are between 550,000 to 750,000 privately-owned firearms in Somalia - 9.1 out of every 100 Somalis own a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Somaliland Sun (Somalia)

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Madagascar

18 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

ANALYSIS "At 9am I checked them [the zebu] and they were still there, and two hours later they were gone," he told IRIN. "I need them to do the work in the field, to pull the cart and to produce fertilizer. These animals are important." Razafindranoivo and community volunteers tracked the cattle rustlers for three days before giving up the chase. They say the theft of livestock and food have ticked up since 2009 - after Andry Rajoelina seized power with the backing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Mauritius,Russia

17 July 2012

New York Times

MOSCOW — Two former business associates of Viktor Bout, the convicted Russian arms dealer now in federal prison in the United States, have been blocked by the government of Mauritius from setting up an aviation company that could have been used for smuggling guns, according to the government and a private American arms investigation group. In a report scheduled for release on Wednesday, the group, Conflict Awareness Project, says that Mr. Bout's former lieutenants... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

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East Africa,Uganda

13 July 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

The Commissioner of Police and national coordinator of Focal Point on Small Arms, Ahmed Wafuba has advised regional governments to put in place measures that will help curb illicit possession of fire arms. According to the Nairobi Protocol, the Great Lakes regions and the Horn of Africa agreed to control as well as regulate the transfer, possession, storage, disposal plus destruction of small arms and light weapons. Despite the agreement, the region is challenged with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

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Angola,Africa,West Africa,Venezuela,Iran,Egypt,Algeria,South Sudan,Liberia,Germany,France,China,United Kingdom,Russia,United States,South Africa

9 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG — For a couple of hundred dollars or less an arms dealer can illegally source a blank end user certificate with the required signatures and stamps - needed to transfer weapons across international borders - and "if no one checks its authenticity (often the case) he can ship his wares to the world's hotspots with minimal risk, for maximum profit," a report by the Small Arms Survey (SAS) said in 2008. Since then "not much has changed" Glenn McDonald, based... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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South Sudan,Uganda,Ethiopia,Somalia,Kenya

3 July 2012

IRIN (UN News)

DADAAB/ISIOLO — A spate of "terror" attacks, aid worker kidnappings and heightened ethnic conflict in northern Kenya have fuelled demand for small arms by civilians and criminals, say security officials. On 2 July, four foreign aid workers - all employees of NGO Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) - were rescued inside Somalia and returned to Kenya after being kidnapped in eastern Kenya's Dadaab refugee settlement; their driver was killed during the kidnap. In October... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Somalia,Congo (DRC),Caribbean,Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Liberia,Australia

2 July 2012

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Ten years ago, tens of thousands of Kalashnikov assault rifles were transported into the West African country of Liberia. It was a violation of the UN arms embargo. The weapons were used by forces loyal to Charles Taylor to commit the most terrible crimes. Boys, some as young as 11, were handed these weapons and told to kill. In the farms and villages of places such as Bong County on the border with Guinea, these Kalashnikovs became weapons of massive destruction. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

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United Kingdom,Germany,Ukraine,Sudan,China,South Sudan

27 June 2012

Sudan Tribune (France)

JUBA — Amnesty International on Thursday accused China, Sudan and Ukraine of allegedly supplying military weapons to both South Sudanese Armed Forces (SPLA) and opposition groups, triggering scores of indiscriminate attacks in parts of South Sudan. The organization, in its latest report, entitled South Sudan: Arms supplies fueling violations in forgotten conflict, examines the impact of responsible supplies and misuse of weapons, munitions and armaments that resulted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sudan Tribune (France)

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Uganda,East Africa

24 June 2012

New Times (Rwanda)

The Global Week of Action against Gun Violence in East Africa kicked off in Kampala, Uganda on June, 18 with a series of activities to raise awareness of how gun violence occurs, its impact on people's lives and what should be done to stop the "Gun-Culture". The event is coordinated by the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the Uganda-based Eastern Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) and the German International Cooperation agency (GIZ). The week will... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

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East Africa,Africa,Kenya

20 June 2012

Coast Week (Kenya) / Xinhua

KAPENGURIA - British charity Oxfam has lauded Kenya and some other African countries for pushing for regulation of small arms after disability was blamed in the region. The organization's Arms Control Officer Anna MacDonald said on Tuesday the proliferation of small arms to Africa is threatening security and poverty alleviation and sabotaging economic development. "The unchecked flow of light weapons into Africa is of great concern and have not only ruined lives but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Coast Week (Kenya) / Xinhua

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Uganda,East Africa

20 June 2012

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

ARUSHA - Security experts from partner States of the East African Community (EAC) are finalising plans to craft a common position that the region will present next month at the UN ArmsTrade Treaty (ATT) in New York. Ahmed Wafuba, the coordinator of Uganda's National Focal Point (NFP) on Small Arms, says that the move will enhance efforts aimed at ridding the region of illegal firearms that have led to loss of innocent lives. "We have come up with a position and it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

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Uganda

20 June 2012

Institute for War & Peace Reporting

After a firearms amnesty in northern Uganda failed to recover any weapons at all, experts criticised the ongoing disarmament programme for failing to engage effectively with the local population. The scheme is the latest to be launched in northern Uganda since a 20-year conflict with the rebel Lord's Resistance Army, LRA ended in 2006. The conflict led to the death of more than 100,000 people while nearly two million were forced into displacement camps. Thousands of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Institute for War & Peace Reporting

36264

Kenya

13 June 2012

Star (Kenya)

About 600,000 illicit arms are in circulation in the country, a recent survey conducted jointly by the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms KNFP and the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey SAS reveals. Majority of this are concentrated in the hands of pastoralists from north and north eastern regions as well as in major urban centres such as Nairobi and Mombasa where they are used in committing crimes. A statement from the Kenya Action Network on Small Arms said these... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

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Sierra Leone,Yemen,Syria,Algeria,Iran,Somalia,China,Belarus,Italy,Germany,Bulgaria,Austria,Russia,Tunisia,United Kingdom,United States,Qatar,Sudan,Africa,Libya,Egypt,France

9 June 2012

Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

The Libyan civil war of early 2011 was one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history, with an estimated 30,000 killed and 50,000 injured. While Muammar Gaddafi's death marked a watershed moment in Libyan history, the months of frenzied violence that preceded it saw a massive buildup of arms and munitions in the country. In the months leading up to and after his fall, Gaddafi's arms warehouses all across the country became unsecured; such was the level of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Eurasia Review (EU/Asia)

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East Africa,Rwanda

5 June 2012

New Times (Rwanda)

The Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) has called for a maximum punishment for any person convicted on illegal possession of fire arms. RECSA brings together countries in the Great Lakes, the Horn of African and bordering states. The suggestion was made, yesterday, by Dr. Francis K. Sang, the Executive Secretary of RECSA, in an interview with The New Times at the sidelines of a meeting that brought together law enforcement agencies from 15 countries in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

36212

Rwanda

31 May 2012

News of Rwanda

The Rwanda National Police has called upon the people to hand in illegal arms which they say that are the reason for the various blasts around the country. According to police, the liberation war and genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 left grenades, unexploded ordnances (UXO's) and other small arms on the surface of Rwanda. "These undetonated UXO's and recent series of grenade blasts across the country that have claimed innocent lives including children who played... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News of Rwanda

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