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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

38511

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

36646

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)

36643

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)

36618

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)

36586

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)

36478

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)

36452

Kenya,East Africa,Syria,Uganda

28 July 2012

The 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: The Independent (Kampala)

36408

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)

36298

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

36267

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)

36245

Kenya

30 May 2012

Capital FM (Nairobi)

MARSABIT, Kenya — They brave through the empty, lonely and insecure all-weather Marsabit roads to attend to their daily businesses. In this town in upper Eastern Kenya, residents can only walk in groups or hire Administration Police officers to escort them to their places of work. Instead of herding animals with the traditional shepherd's staff, herders in the North Eastern District graze their animals carrying guns and swords! Indeed, this is the daily life in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM (Nairobi)

36194

Kenya

24 May 2012

Star (Kenya)

A collaboration between the provincial administration, Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders and community policing initiatives has led to recovery of 45 firearms in Meru county. According to the Meru Deputy Commissioner Dixon Kwanusu, the District Security Intelligence Committees have been promoting community policing which led to the success. "Members of the public and security agencies share information with each other instead of seeking it from strangers who at times do... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36179

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

8 May 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

A total of 300,000 small arms and light weapons have been smuggled into Uganda and other East African community countries for the last 10 years. This is as revealed by the executive secretary East Africa Action Network on small arms (EAANSA), Richard Mugisha has revealed. Mugisha said the importation of illegal small arms was high in East Africa due to the existing arms embargoes which are too easy to break or ignore by different countries. "How can the sale of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

36110

Kenya

25 April 2012

Star (Kenya)

Kenya is a major transit point for illegal weapons destined to war torn countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the East Africa Legislative Assembly has said. EALA speaker Abdirahin Abdi said this is due to Kenya's strategic position through its port of Mombasa and other long porous borders with her neighbours. Abdi was speaking in Mombasa when he officially opened a two day sensitisation forum on the need to support Small Arms And Light Weapons for parliamentary security,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

36077

East Africa,Ethiopia,Kenya

7 April 2012

East African (Nairobi)

Kenya and Ethiopia are opening up their volatile border to more trade as they seek to improve community relations, ease inter-ethnic tensions to reduce demand for small arms and disrupt one of the main routes of illicit small arms coming into East Africa. Illicit small arms trade in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region has been one of the main drivers of crime across East Africa and has sustained organised criminal networks like cattle rustlers and urban... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

36003

Kenya

4 April 2012

Nation (Kenya)

Some 1,756 people were killed last year by violent and armed criminals, a new police report shows. The report, which records an increase in serious crimes like murder and violent robbery, cites the rise of criminal gangs and availability of guns on the black market as the reasons. It shows a seven per cent surge in incidents reported to police compared to 2010. Police, however, note that a "significant" number of victims were not killed by gangsters but died at the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nation (Kenya)

35997

Uganda,Kenya

23 March 2012

Star (Kenya)

The government has given those in possession of illegal firearms in Western province a one month amnesty to return the guns. Speaking during a two day workshop on awareness rising on the dangers of illicit small arms and light weapons in a Bungoma hotel, the Kenya National Focal Point director David Kimaiyo said the criminals have been terrosing residents of Bungoma North, Kimilili and parts of Webuye. The workshop was also attended by Upper Western regional... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Star (Kenya)

35945

Panama,Liberia,Oman,Yemen,Egypt,Saudi Arabia,Mauritius,Seychelles,Mongolia,Djibouti,Madagascar,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom,Somalia,Kenya

22 March 2012

Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — Private security firms are storing their guns aboard floating armories in international waters so ships that want armed anti-piracy guards for East Africa's pirate-infested waters can cut costs and circumvent laws limiting the import and export of weapons, industry officials say. Companies and legal experts say the operation of the armories is a "legal gray area" because few, if any, governments have laws governing the practice. Some security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

35956

Kenya,Uganda

22 March 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

Four men including a police officer who allegedly murdered a Belgian tourist in Mount Elgon National Park in Kapchorwa district in 2008 were allegedly involved in an illegal firearms trade, a Police commissioner has told court. Christopher Kwerit, a commissioner in charge of political education in the Police force produced charge and caution statements before the court martial on Tuesday in which the suspects allegedly confessed that they were involved in arms trade in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

35941

Côte d'Ivoire,Mali,Togo,West Africa,Ghana,Kenya

7 March 2012

Ghana News Agency

The Regional Centre for Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) based in Kenya, on Wednesday presented two weapon marking machines to Ghana in efforts to eliminate the illicit trade and proliferation of small arms and weapons. The donation was made during a three-day training programme for security personnel on weapons marking and record-keeping in Accra and organised in collaboration with the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NACSA) and Ministry of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ghana News Agency

35896

Kenya,Sudan,Congo (DRC),Uganda

25 February 2012

Monitor (Kampala)

The government is drafting a bill to tighten, control and limit the use of firearms by security agencies and civilians across the country. The Firearms, Ammunition and Related Materials Bill seeks to harmonise all existing laws governing possession of guns, including the Firearms Act, 1970. The 1970 Act only regulates ownership of firearms held by individuals, while those held by the police and security agencies are governed under separate laws. It is not known how... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Monitor (Kampala)

35862

Somalia,Mozambique,Tanzania,Kenya,East Africa

23 February 2012

Pambazuka News (Africa), Opinion

A proliferation of small arms is fueling conflict and instability in East Africa. The ongoing pre-election violence in Kenya and the 'war on terror' will deter domestic and international investors, business people and economists say. These fears are valid given that illicit weapons are said to be hidden in parts of Kenya, especially in the Rift Valley Province. On 9 December 2009 and on 2 February 2010, thousands of bullets, army uniforms, thousands of litres of fuel,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pambazuka News (Africa)

35858

Kenya

6 January 2012

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

When applying for a firearms certificate, one is required to have a valid certificate of good conduct and a photocopy of their Kenyan Identity Card. Aliens will have to produce passports, work permits and any other supporting documents. The originals of the above documents are submitted to the local police boss, who will complete a questionnaire and make his recommendations and thereafter forward to his OCPD. A safe inspection report, which is filled after the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

35715

Kenya

14 December 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

Communities in Isiolo have been advised to take advantage of the government amnesty to surrender illegal firearms in their custody. Upper Eastern Regional Commissioner Isaih Nakoru said the government has deployed enough security officers into the areas and that security has been beefed up. He said those who voluntarily surrender the firearms will not be victimised and that people must feel free to return them at any time. "I am appealing to the communities to start... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

35668

United States,Kenya

4 December 2011

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Consider this and think of the situation in Kenya as you read on: Last year, 52 officers out of a force of 34,565 officers from the New York Police Department intentionally fired 236 bullets during confrontations with suspects. The officers reportedly shot and killed only eight people and injured 16 the whole year, in what the Police Department say marked record lows. Of course the social and economic realities of Nairobi and New York are totally different but there... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

35621

Congo (DRC),Africa,Kenya,United States

30 November 2011

New York Times

When Cara Buono arrived at the Emmy Awards in September, nominated as best guest actress in a drama series for her role as Dr. Faye Miller in "Mad Men," she wore a $150,000 political statement in her lobes. "These earrings," she said, "are made from AK-47 gun metal." Ms. Buono's husband, Peter Thum, is a founder, with John Zapolski, of Fonderie 47, an organization that converts what is perhaps the most widely distributed assault rifle into jewelry. On a visit to Kenya... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35610

Kenya

22 November 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

More than 50,000 illegal guns are still in the hands of civilians, especially in urban areas and other regions prone to cattle rustling. A report by civil society groups indicates that the government has been unable to deal with the infiltration of small arms into the country because of involvement of some well-connected individuals involved in the trade. Chairman of the NGOs Council Ken Wafula wants the government to crack down on the cartels. Wafula says that unless... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

35569

Somalia,Kenya

1 November 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

A security operation to recover illegal firearms in the three refugee camps in Garissa county in North-Eastern region has unearthed a cache of firearms believed to have been used in crime including hijacking vehicles belonging to humanitarian organisations and foreigners in refugee camps. The operation which started two weeks ago in the Ifo, Hagardera and Dagahaley have so far recovered four AK 47 assault rifles, 16 magazines and 477 bullets in Hagardera refugee... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

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Uganda,East Africa,South Africa,Kenya

27 October 2011

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

At the Majlis Resort on Manda Island, the night watchman carries only a radio and a torch. As dusk falls on the island, a team of local police officers armed with rifles arrives and settles down on the beachfront. Less than a month ago, Somali pirates kidnapped French woman Marieu Dedieu from this very spot. Now police are here to guard a handful of tourists still remaining in Lamu, because they are the only ones who can do it. "The government wrote a letter to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

35480

Kenya

21 October 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

There are more than 350,000 illegal arms in the country, an expert has said. Deputy Director of the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons Patrick Ochieng said the number of illegal arms has shot up in the recent past noting that in 2003 there were only 150,000 illegal firearms in the country. "We are facing an upsurge of guns which are in the wrong hands and they have become a threat to the country's national security," Ochieng said during a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

35449

Uganda,Sudan,Ethiopia,Somalia,Kenya

9 October 2011

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

Recent revelations that there are between 200,000 and 450,000 illegal firearms in circulation in the country are quite alarming. The government must move fast to ensure that this trend of events is put to an immediate halt. We believe that the country's porous borders are a contributory factor and the authorities must step up efforts to eradicate the menace. The National Small Arms Mapping Survey, a joint effort between the government and the Swiss-based Small Arms... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

35387

Ukraine,Uganda,Sudan,Ethiopia,Libya,Somalia,Kenya

5 October 2011

Business Daily (Nairobi)

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere's Monday order to close the Kenya-Somalia border has not affected flights, offering miraa traders and humanitarian workers a lifeline. Miraa is one of Kenya's largest exports to Somalia, accounting for a substantial share of the Sh13 billion export value to the country last year, according to the Economic Survey 2011. "We do not have any indication of cancellation of flights from the commissioner's communication," said Kenya Police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Daily (Nairobi)

35374

Kenya

26 September 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

Misuse or illegal possession of firearms will now be punishable by a five-year jail term if the Cabinet passes a newly developed draft bill on small and light weapons compiled by Kenya National Focal Point. The Bill, which has been handed over to the Minister for Provincial Administration and Internal Security George Saitoti, recommends that any police officer or licensed firearm holder who handles a gun while under the influence of alcohol will be jailed if... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

35330

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

20 September 2011

Think Africa Press, Opinion

TURKANA, Kenya - On a recent trip to Turkana in northern Kenya, somewhere between Maralal and Baragoi we stopped by a dry riverbed. A group of 12 men came into view through the desert scrub. As they drew closer their weapons were clearly visible, a mix of AK47s, ex-government issue G3s and a few older rifles. Our nervousness was unwarranted and the group barely slowed as they passed, merely raising their hands in greeting before continuing on towards some distant... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Think Africa Press

35315

East Africa,Kenya

17 September 2011

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Editorial

A new report on the rise in the number of people who have access to guns is as alarming as it is unsurprising. The report by the respected Small Arms Survey estimates there are between 200,000 and 450,000 guns in the wrong hands in this country. It is well established that a functional state is one where the government has a monopoly on the use of violence. By that measure the report's findings are disturbing because they indicate that large parts of the country are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

35290

Tanzania,Sudan,Somalia,Seychelles,Kenya,Eritrea,Ethiopia,Djibouti,East Africa,Congo (DRC),Rwanda,Burundi

16 September 2011

New Times (Rwanda)

The Executive Secretary of the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), Dr. Francis K. Sang, has called upon all countries within the region to come up with more mechanisms and strategies to fight against the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons. RECSA is an intergovernmental body based in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together 13 countries from the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region. All member states that subscribe to the centre, including Rwanda, are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Times (Rwanda)

35284

Kenya

7 September 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

An illegal brew trader was on Monday night shot dead by armed gunmen in Kibera slums. According to police, the woman is known to sell traditional brew Chang'aa within Siranga area of the slums. Kilimani OCPD Benard Muli confirmed the 8pm shooting and added that a group of about six armed men carried out the murder. She was attacked in her house while in the company of her customers. Muli said that they were investigating the incident to establish why they only shot her... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

35255

Kenya

30 August 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

The government is to introduce new laws for acquiring guns. Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons Director David Kimaiyo has said the new laws will include stiff penalties for misuse of illegally acquired guns. Kimaiyo said there had been many cases of misuse of licensed guns but now proper vetting will be done before guns are issued. He said currently the laws dealing with licensed guns did not adequately deal with their abuse. Kimaiyo who was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

35228

Ethiopia,Kenya

17 August 2011

Nairobi Star (Kenya)

Police in Moyale have arrested three suspected Ethiopians with more than 2,000 bullets at the border town a day after two people were killed in the area. The three were intercepted crossing the border with the bullets in their bags. The police locked them up in Moyale police station. Upper Eastern regional PC Isaiah Nakoru said the suspects had Kenyan IDs. The PC, who held series of meetings in Moyale to calm the situation following the killing of two people two days... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nairobi Star (Kenya)

35211

Kenya

6 July 2011

Standard (Nairobi)

A businessman was arrested after he dramatically fired six rounds of ammunition in a road rage incident at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Koinange Street, Nairobi. Mr Elly Owuor, was arrested outside the Serena Hotel where he had escaped to following the 3am incident on Wednesday. Mr Owuor's black sleek Mercedes Benz car had been involved in an accident with another salon vehicle when he suddenly came out holding a pistol in his hand. Police confirmed that he is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

35019

Kenya,Sudan

2 July 2011

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Southern Sudan is facing a major challenge of disarming more than 150,000 soldiers and easing them back to civilian life when it gains independence this week. Southern Sudan Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission chairman William Deng Deng said the new state wants to get rid of excess forces including the elderly, disabled and children. "These are soldiers that are no longer useful after the war. We now need an organised, professional, controllable... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

35005

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

12 June 2011

East African (Nairobi)

As she posed for a picture with cattle rustlers long used to treating guns as toys, East African Community Deputy Secretary General for Political Federation Beatrice Kiraso made a provocative statement. "The richest people in the world are not cattle keepers but industrialised nations," she told an audience of mainly cattle keeping communities during the 8th edition of the Moroto Peace Race recently. You don't tell that to a community that lives and dies for cattle.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

34955

Kenya

16 May 2011

Capital FM-Radio (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya - Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere has commissioned a research to establish the cause of the stress levels amongst his officers, in the wake of increased cases of policemen killing their seniors or colleagues before they commit suicide. This follows four recent incidents where police officers have either committed suicide or killed fellow officers - mainly their seniors - in various parts of the country. The most recent incident occurred at the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Capital FM-Radio (Nairobi)

34814

Kenya

27 March 2011

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

A policeman, who shot dead two of his colleagues, stared into the camera without any remorse on Sunday morning. Mr Martin Mutwiri, 28, was arrested as he boarded a Nairobi-bound matatu in Nanyuki town, in what detectives described as a bid to escape. This was barely 10 hours after he shot the deputy commander of Naro Moru Police Station, Mr Hudson Orwenyo and a senior sergeant on Saturday evening. Nyeri police boss Kirunya Limbitu said the suspect turned violent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

34588

Kenya

30 December 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Olympic marathon gold medallist Samuel Wanjiru was on Thursday charged with threatening to kill his wife, Tereza Njeri, with an illegal firearm. The marathon champion was also charged with threatening to kill their househelp, Nancy Njoki, and wounding a security guard, Mr William Masinde. Wanjiru denied the charges in a Nyahururu court and was released on a bond of Sh300,000, with a similar surety. He is said to have committed the offences on Wednesday at his... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

33924

Kenya

8 November 2010

Associated Press

A police officer who said he was looking for a woman who infected him with HIV rampaged through three bars in a central Kenyan town and killed 10 people, including two fellow officers, officials say. The shooting spree happened late on Saturday in Siakago, 150km northeast of the capital Nairobi. The suspect, who is in his 30s, went out on Saturday night looking for a female friend but couldn't find her, District Commissioner John Chelimo said on Sunday. The officer is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33588

Kenya

15 September 2010

Business Daily (Nairobi)

Private security guards hoping to own forearms will have to undergo the same licensing procedures as civilians, the Police Reforms Implementation Committee has said. The committee chairman, Mr Titus Naikuni, said the Private Security Industry Regulation Bill 2010, meant to regulate the private security sector would not automatically allow the arming of security guards. The quest to arm private security guards - who are not members of the armed force - has opened... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Daily (Nairobi)

33356

Kenya

13 September 2010

Business Daily (Nairobi)

Regulation of the private security sector is seen as a prerequisite to allowing guards to carry firearms as proposed in the Private Security Regulation Bill 2010, a measure seen as a deterrent to crime, but which could also become a security risk if arms filter to criminals. Countries like Uganda, Morocco and Canada allow private guards to be armed under strict regulations. However, whether allowing guards to carry arms is or is not a crime deterrent measure is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Daily (Nairobi)

33352

Kenya

9 September 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Editorial

NAIROBI — The job of a private security guard is most unenviable. These people work long hours, often in the dark of night, rarely with any kind of break, and they are hardly ever appreciated - until something untoward happens. Most private security guards are ill-trained and invariably ill-paid. Indeed, for between Sh5,000 and Sh8,000 a month, they are supposed to lay down their lives in the line of duty. So it does sound extremely callous to raise an alarm about... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

33342

France,Bulgaria,Kenya

21 July 2010

Standard (Nairobi)

Kenya is one of the countries that have failed to control movement of weapons, which end up being used to commit war crimes. A new report by Amnesty International shows how countries fail to control trafficking of deadly arms globally, leading to serious human rights violation. The report exposed how transport companies registered in five countries ship arms by sea and air around the world. The report, Deadly Movements: Arms Transportation Controls in the Arms Trade... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

33144

Tanzania,Kenya,Rwanda,Congo (DRC),Burundi,Somalia,Ethiopia,Djibouti,Eritrea

3 July 2010

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

The Regional Centre on Small Arms (Recsa) is procuring a database software to facilitate firearms marking, record keeping and trade of light weapons in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. Speaking at a two-day regional workshop in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, the Recsa Monitoring and Evaluation head, Mr Nestory Mpembela, said with the database software, small arms and light weapons particulars would be at finger tips. "This product will immensely and positively... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

32962

Kenya

18 June 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A man on the police list of gun runners in Kenya has been arrested and is being questioned in connection with Sunday's grenade attacks at Uhuru Park. Undercover officers from the Special Crime Prevention Unit arrested him at a roadblock at Matuu on the Nairobi-Garissa highway on Thursday night. They found him with seven guns and 27 rounds of ammunition. He was travelling to Nairobi from Garissa on a bus. The officers used gun detectors to uncover the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32878

Kenya

19 May 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A Malindi fisherman chanced upon a cache of arms on Wednesday, triggering a major security operation in the coastal town. The fisherman was setting nets to catch octopus in the Indian Ocean when he came across the weapons. On Wednesday, police officers hauled the arsenal ashore and displayed it at Malindi Police Station as investigators tried to unravel who the owner is. The weapons, packed in sacks, included 436 bullets, four rockets, one rocket launcher,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32708

Kenya

16 May 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Three people were arrested on Sunday after they were found smuggling two guns and ammunition into the city. Detectives from the Special Crime Prevention Unit led by Mr Richard Katola intercepted the bus from Kisumu and recovered a Browning automatic and Tokarev pistols with eleven rounds of ammunition. The bus had just arrived in the city from Kisumu when police acting on a tip-off arrested the men. Nairobi police boss Anthony Kibuchi said they were being... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32687

East Africa,Uganda,Sudan,Ethiopia,Kenya

7 May 2010

IRIN (UN News)

ISIOLO-SAMBURU (Kenya) - Thousands of security personnel have been deployed across northern Kenya to confiscate weapons after a voluntary disarmament exercise netted only a small fraction of the 50,000 guns thought to be in civilian hands. Firearms are widespread among pastoralist communities in east Africa, where police are rare and cattle theft and intercommunal conflict is common. Similar operations are taking place in neighbouring Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

32634

Kenya

27 April 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — The army has been deployed in Rift Valley to help mop up illegal firearms. The soldiers were deployed to reinforce a forced disarmament operation following the expiry of an amnesty. "The army moved in three weeks ago," a senior provincial administrator who requested not to be named told Nation. The official said most of the soldiers had been deployed to border points to block suspects from skipping the country. Soldiers have been spotted in Pokot North... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32576

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

6 April 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

Internal Security minister George Saitoti and his permanent secretary Francis Kimemia were in their element when they oversaw the burning of 2,500 small arms at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi recently. The minister even took the chance to dabble in a bit of politics. He promised -- as he has done before, on similar occasions -- to enact a law that mandates stiffer penalties for anyone found with illegal arms. Even as the minister was declaring that illegal guns were going... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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