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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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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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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

38650

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)

38610

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

35495

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)

32485

Kenya

5 April 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya — The government has been urged to suspend the planned disarmament operation in Rift Valley to allow registration of voters. Ms Bilha Kiptugen, the North Rift Interim Independent Electoral Commission coordinator, claimed that the operation would subject residents to harassment and disrupt the registration. "Some residents on border points might not register as they are likely to flee to neighbouring countries to escape the disarmament exercise," said... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32467

Uganda,Sudan,Ethiopia,Kenya

4 April 2010

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA, Uganda — Kenya has set up checkpoints at its borders with Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia ahead of a disarmament exercise to repossess illegal guns. This has caused panic in the Northern Rift Valley, where cattle rustling is a common practice. Reports indicate that hundreds of troops have been deployed at Suam, which borders with Kapchorwa and Bukwo districts of Uganda. Kenyan army trucks were seen in Kitale and Kapenguria deploying soldiers. Sources said UPDF... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

32480

Kenya

31 March 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency

TURKANA, Kenya — The children are afraid. There are armed bandits hiding with stolen animals in the thickets behind Nawoyaregae Primary School in Kaputir Location. Cattle rustling and gory battles between the neighbouring Turkana and Pokot communities are the order of the day in this area, some 700 kilometres northwest of Nairobi. A long tradition of cattle raiding has been sharpened by competition over grazing land and water. "The pupils cannot attend classes... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Inter Press Service News Agency

32440

Kenya

24 March 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Kenya's pastoralists have spent Sh1.1 billion to arm themselves over the years, it was revealed on Wednesday. The figure is tallied from the number of firearms confiscated from them during the recent disarmament. The guns are used for cattle rustling in which many people are killed and livestock stolen. Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia said this while the minister, Prof George Saitoti, pledged to have a law enacted, with stiffer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32398

Kenya

22 March 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Retired soldiers and police officers have offered to help recover illegal firearms in banditry-prone northern Kenya. Kenya Veterans for Peace chief executive officer John Mathenge said members were willing to work with the provincial administration and other security agencies to collect intelligence crucial in the dismantling of small arms cartels in the country. Mr Mathenge told a peace conference in Nakuru that involvement of veterans in disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32386

Kenya

17 March 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A cattle rustler who travelled more than 200 kilometres to surrender an illegal firearm had to endure a long wait after he found the district commissioner's office deserted. The 36-year-old thief travelled from Adurkoit village near the Kenya-Uganda border to the Kapenguria District headquarters to hand his AK-47 rifle to DC Alan Machari. The man, who was escorted by Adurkoit sub-location assistant chief David Yarangiro and Warriors Rehabilitation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32357

Kenya

15 March 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — The training and supervision of Administration Police officers is being questioned following recent shootings involving officers from the force. Last week, a total of 10 people were killed by APs under unclear circumstances. Seven taxi drivers were shot dead in Nairobi, a soldier was shot by another AP officer in Kericho and two men responding to a neighbour's distress call were killed in Gatundu. Security experts blame the cases on the fact that APs do... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32350

Kenya

14 March 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Paul Ngugi cannot help but thank God for saving his life from the merciless bullets of Administration Police officers that snuffed life out of his seven colleagues. At around midnight, a client walked up to him at his Riruta base where he operates taxi business. The client, Mr Ngugi recalled, asked to be dropped at Dagoretti Corner, a 15-minute drive from Riruta. "I reluctantly agreed to take him because of the standoff we had earlier had with our boda... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

32351

Kenya

22 February 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Pastoral communities in northern Kenya are apprehensive over the disarmament expected to start any time now. A 70-day amnesty to surrender illegal arms by the pastoralists lapsed at the weekend, with 1,141 guns and 14,980 bullets having been handed over. The government has also repossessed more than 500 guns initially issued to home guards in the region. This will ensure no one will be having a government-issued gun when the operation begins. Residents of... (GunPolicy.org)

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32190

Kenya

9 February 2010

Standard (Nairobi)

Buying a gun and transporting the loaded weapon past numerous police checks without detection has never been that easy. This is what KTN crew proved. Reporters and a cameraman were on assignment in Turkana last week when they managed to not only buy an AK-47 rifle and bullets, but also transport it to Nairobi. The reporters said the weapon was not discovered despite checks on the road from Turkana to Nairobi. They said they initially bought the rifle with seven... (GunPolicy.org)

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32098

Kenya

2 February 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Despite its proximity to the capital and being the gateway to the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve, Narok has remained a quiet, dusty and sleepy town. Not even the ongoing wrangling about the conservation of the Mau Forest have stirred it up. But things changed on December 7, last year. On that day, Narok was thrown into the spotlight when a large cache of ammunition and military hardware were discovered right in the middle of the town. Broadcast... (GunPolicy.org)

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32030

Kenya,Czech Republic

1 February 2010

Associated Press

NAROK, Kenya - Kenya's police chief says officers have seized another cache of bullets at the premises of a man already facing charges for a separate arms seizure last year. Matthew Iteere says police found the Kenyan and Czech-made bullets in a container at Munir Ahmed's garage. He says police seized two other containers but are yet to confirm their contents. Most of the 30,000 bullets are Kenyan, Iteere says. Such bullets are made at a government plant and only... (GunPolicy.org)

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32027

Kenya

26 January 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A man was killed and 13 others arrested in a police operation to recover illegal firearms in Trans Mara District. District commissioner Albert Mwiritza said police shot the man who defied orders to surrender and instead fired his gun at the officers. He said an AK-47 rifle and 16 rounds of ammunition were found on the deceased. Among the 13 who were arrested was a taxi driver who was found with nine rounds of ammunition. The contingent of regular and... (GunPolicy.org)

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31985

Kenya

27 December 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

The government has extended the deadline on the general amnesty issued to pastoralists to surrender illegal firearms. In a statement to the press on Sunday, Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti said the amnesty has been extended to January 20, 2010. The minister said his action was prompted by the good response by members of the pastoralist communities on the earlier amnesty that was issued by the Government. Professor Saitoti said that he expected that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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31737

Kenya

21 December 2009

Kenyan Broadcasting Service

Residents of Iisiolo district have surrendered 177 assault rifles to the government in a bid to beat the amnesty period deadline. Security personnel have in the past two weeks also recovered 7,939 rounds of ammunition from civilians while Kenya police reservists have handed back 217 guns issued to them by the government. Isiolo DC Mr. James Mwaura commended the residents for surrendering illegal firearms and expressed optimism that those in possession of illegal... (GunPolicy.org)

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31710

Kenya

20 December 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya — The demand for automatic weapons in Turkana, Samburu and Pokot has created a huge market and this could explain the recent arms seizures in the country. Fuelled by persistent droughts, the arms race among the pastoral communities in Northern Kenya has intensified in the last decade with almost 95 per cent of households said to own a firearm. A two-decade study of the three communities says that by the early 1990s, most households had a... (GunPolicy.org)

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31712

Kenya

13 December 2009

Standard (Nairobi)

Hardly a week after the Cabinet approved police reforms the Administration Police is in the eye of a new storm over an illegal arms haul. The force, which has been adversely mentioned in various reports that accuse it of gross human rights violations that include murder and rape during and after the 2007 General Election is fending off allegations that its top brass is involved in clandestine movement of arms. The centre of the new storm is force commandant Kinuthia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

31653

Kenya,United Kingdom

10 December 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A Kenyan working at a British Army base has been arrested and detained in connection with the huge cache of weapons seized by police in Narok. Mr John Wandeto, a civilian, was arrested as businessman Ishmael Munir and a senior Administration Police officer, Superintendent Joseph Maritim, were charged in court for illegally possessing government ammunition. Mr Wandeto, who is employed at the military base in Nanyuki, was picked up by detectives on Wednesday... (GunPolicy.org)

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31626

Kenya

9 December 2009

East African Standard (Nairobi)

A couple was found with more than 100,000 bullets and military gear in their house at Narok town. Four rifles and two pistols were also found in Mr Munir Ahmed's house. A seventh pistol was found on his waist when he was arrested in Embakasi, Nairobi, on Monday night. The seized bullets are usually used in sub-machine guns. Yesterday, police displayed two telescopic machines, five pairs of military boots, assorted British military uniforms, 20 army bags, 20 planes'... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Standard (Nairobi)

31616

Kenya

8 December 2009

Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan police on Tuesday said they arrested a suspected weapons smuggler with up to 100,000 bullets and an assortment of guns, a huge cache in a country with stringent gun laws. Police recovered the weapons and ammunition in two raids carried out late Monday on the suspect's house in the capital, Nairobi, and on a business site in the western town of Narok, Police Commissioner Matthew Iteere said. Ever since violent clashes killed more than 1,000... (GunPolicy.org)

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31625

Kenya

20 November 2009

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

The government will mop out all illegal firearms in the insecurity prone areas of North Rift and Upper Eastern parts at the country in order to improve security in those areas. The minister for state in charge of internal security and provincial Administration, Prof. George Saitoti said over the years, the country had experienced proliferation of small and light fire arms due to its porous borders with her unstable neighbours. He said prolonged drought and instability... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

31520

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

11 November 2009

Observer (Kampala), Opinion

During the ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the re-birth of the East African Community, 3,500 small arms were destroyed in a gesture of fighting the menace of illicit small arms and light weapons.The symbolic destruction of the unlicensed weapons fed into the theme of the anniversary celebrations, which was: 'Peace and security for stability and development.' Realising the magnitude of the menace of small arms in illegal hands, the delegates to a conference... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Observer (Kampala)

31458

Central Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Rwanda,Somalia,Sudan,Uganda,Burundi,Congo (DRC)

3 November 2009

Xinhua

NAIROBI — The Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA) has decried the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes region, Horn of Africa and bordering states. RECSA Executive Secretary Francis Sang noted that the center was working in collaboration with the UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa to promote disarmament. To address this problem, he said, the governments should support the national, sub-regional, regional and... (GunPolicy.org)

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31368

Kenya

1 November 2009

Standard (Nairobi)

More than 130,000 guns are in the wrongs hands. The Government and experts are unanimous the country is sitting on a time bomb, which could explode any time. Head of the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons David Kimaiyo warns the problem could reach unmanageable levels. "We have to address this issue once and for all, otherwise it might end up causing a serious social, economic and political problem," he warns. Past efforts to mop up and burn... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

31385

Kenya,United Nations

19 October 2009

East African (Nairobi)

Kenya is pressing within the United Nations for the start of talks on a binding global treaty to restrict the illegal transfer of small arms that take scores of lives in eastern and central Africa every day. The UN's disarmament committee will decide this month whether to endorse formal negotiations on such a treaty. Continuing in the leadership role it has played on this issue for several years, Kenya has joined Britain, Japan and four other nations in sponsoring a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

31268

Kenya

12 October 2009

East African (Nairobi), Opinion

NAIROBI — Mid-last week, the British Broadcasting Corporation broke a story pointing to the possibility of arming, with conventional weapons, of both the Kalenjin and the Gikuyu communities in the Rift Valley. The story was picked up the next day by local media houses — with key quotations to back up the BBC claims being given by Ken Wafula, who works with a human rights organisation in Eldoret. The government, predictably, came out to deny the possibility —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

31241

Kenya

7 October 2009

BBC News

Rival ethnic groups in Kenya who fought after the 2007 election are rearming in readiness for violence at the 2012 poll, a BBC investigation has found. It is feared villagers in Rift Valley province are moving from traditional weapons such as spears to machine guns. Government officials insist they are tackling the influx of illegal arms. But they have been widely criticised for failing to punish the ringleaders of violence after the 2007 election, in which 1,300... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

31175

Kenya

6 October 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Owners of illegal guns and police officers who rent their firearms to criminals could soon face the death penalty. Law enforcement agencies are pushing for tighter gun control and have proposed a raft of tough measures to be discussed by the Cabinet soon. These include an amendment to the Firearms Act, the law governing the legal ownership of guns. According to the latest proposals contained in the National Policy on Small Arms and Light Weapons, no one will be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

31170

Kenya

27 August 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

The Kenya government has started harmonising crime laws to boost the war on small arms. Solicitor-general Wanjuki Muchemi said the Organised Crime Bill, Terrorism Bill and International Crime Bill are being amended to help combat crime. The changes include harsher penalties for illegal possession of guns, he said, adding that the amendments also seek to address the misuse of firearms by police officers. Light weapons "As a commitment to addressing transnational... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

30832

Kenya

9 August 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — The government plans to extend the amnesty period for those willing to surrender weapons used during the post-election violence. The amnesty is to expire in two weeks but the ministry for Special Programmes said the period may be extended. Some 6,000 arrows and 11 guns have already been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

30712

Kenya

30 June 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

More than 10,000 firearms are in the hands of criminals in Kenya today, posing a big threat to security, a government body revealed on Tuesday. The National Focal Point on Small Arms has thus drafted a memo to the cabinet seeking to introduce harsh penalties on people convicted of gun crime. Initial proposals pushed for the death sentence but have since been scaled down to the life sentence, head of the unit David Kimaiyo said. Human rights group have prevailed upon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

30437

Kenya

20 June 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Saturday's shooting of permanent secretary Kinuthia Murugu is the latest demonstration of a resurgence of gun crimes in the country, especially in Nairobi. Other high-profile cases in the past week include the killing of a university lecturer and the shooting dead of three people in the city's Eastlands, on suspicion of being police informers. Prof Peter Kenya was shot dead on Wednesday night in Zimmerman estate as he frantically hooted. Earlier, a top police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

30357

Somalia,Ethiopia,Eritrea,Uganda,Kenya,Yemen,Djibouti

9 June 2009

Reuters

MOGADISHU — Sitting on a mat at home between taking orders for arms on his two mobile phones, Osman Bare gives thanks for the riches flowing from Somalia's war. "I have only been in the weapon business five years, but I have erected three villas. I have also opened shops for my two wives," said the 40-year-old, one of about 400 Somali men operating in Mogadishu's main weapons market. "Peace means bankruptcy for us." Despite a U.N. arms embargo on Somalia, the Horn... (GunPolicy.org)

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30279

Kenya

6 May 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

A spate of unresolved killings in Nairobi and its environs over the past two months has raised the alarm over the level of gun crimes in Kenya's capital city. From March, over 26 people have been shot and killed in circumstances that suggest planned murder rather than opportunistic crimes or robberies gone wrong. The number could be much higher given that the Nation figures are based only on reports of high-profile killings. The trend is even more alarming because in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

30040

Kenya

17 April 2009

Standard (Nairobi)

The Government has launched a security operation to mop up illegal firearms at the troubled Kwanza and West Pokot border. Some members of the Pokot community, however, claimed security officers carrying out the operation were harassing them. But police dismissed the claims saying they were there to deal with armed gangs that have been raiding homes. "They attack and kill people and come up with baseless claims whenever we conduct crackdowns," said a police officer.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

29940

Kenya

17 March 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Possessing an unlicensed gun could soon earn you the death sentence as the Kenyan government steps up the war on crime. And police officers who hired out their guns to criminals could also join armed robbers on death row. Those who sold illicit firearms will not be spared either, if Parliament adopts proposed amendments to the Firearms Act. Innocent Person At present, a person found in possession of a firearm without a licence faces up to 15 years in prison.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

29577

Kenya

15 December 2008

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Kenya is set to be among the first countries in the region to launch its gun marking exercise in line with the requirements of the Nairobi protocol on prevention, control and reduction of small arms. The exercise planned to kick off on Tuesday, follows the acquisition of an electronic marking machine from the regional center on small arms. The country has over the years been a victim of crimes resulting from proliferated firearms from neighboring countries. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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28833

Kenya,Uganda,Sudan

10 December 2008

Standard (Nairobi)

Ethokon Lumana Engolon was relaxed and enjoying herding his cattle and goats 500 meters away from his Manyatta in Kalimorock, Turkana South District, when his life was transformed. The day had began well and his mind occasionally wandered as he took pride of how his stock had doubled and fattened. He was excited that with the onset of short rains and maturing of new pasture, the long trek in search of water and pasture would temporarily be forgotten. Excruciating... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

28790

Kenya,Africa

29 October 2008

Indiana University Press, Book review

The small arms threat to peace, security, and sustainable development. "A path-breaking examination of a highly important and hitherto largely neglected topic." — Mark Leopold, University of Sussex. "A systematic overview of the effect of small arms on pastoralism and governance in Karamoja and Samburu/Laikipia/Turkana." — Philip Winter, Rift Valley Institute Recent estimates indicate that more than 640 million small arms and 16 billion rounds of ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Indiana University Press

28544

Kenya,Somalia,Ethiopia

27 October 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

A security operation has been launched in North Eastern Province to curb the influx of illegal fire arms from Somalia and Ethiopia. Speaking to the Nation on phone on Monday, Internal Security assistant minister Orwa Ojodeh said the operation started two days ago. "We have ordered an operation in Mandera to flush out dealers in illegal arms from the neighbouring Somalia and Ethiopia," he said, noting that immigrants had taken the local residents hostage. But the... (GunPolicy.org)

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28533

Kenya

19 October 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Guns from Mt Elgon and an employee of Eldoret bullet factory assisted the gangs who unleashed violence in the North Rift, the Waki commission report reveals. It lays bare an intricate plan, design and execution of the violence in the area that attracted the country's and world's attention when women and children were burnt alive in a church. The report, on the basis of evidence given by witnesses, indicates that politicians and athletes from the region... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

28485

Ukraine,Kenya,United Nations

14 October 2008

Time (World)

PARIS — Need to start a war? No problem. While stock markets gyrate and financial institutions (and even whole countries, like Iceland) teeter on bankruptcy, one global industry is still drawing plenty of high-end trades and profits: weapons. In a Paris courtroom last week, 42 officials went on trial for taking millions in kickbacks and organizing huge arms commissions from the Angolan government during the mid-1990s. In the dock were such big names as Charles... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (World)

28424

Kenya,Africa,United Nations

5 September 2008

African Press Agency

NAIROBI — A two-day conference which brought together ministers and civil society organizations from 50 African countries, United Nations officials and arms control groups to help form a united position on a convention on arms proliferation, ended in Nairobi on Thursday night with African countries agreeing to propose imposing sanctions to countries behind irresponsible arms transfers leading to the destabilization of African governments. Speaking to reporters in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: African Press Agency

28151

Kenya,West Africa

3 September 2008

Xinhua

NAIROBI — Kenya said on Wednesday the proliferation of small arms and light weapons were the main cause of instability in the region. Speaking at a meeting which brought together African ministers, UN disarmament officials and arms control groups in Nairobi, Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula blamed the influx of uncontrolled trade of arms in Africa to European and Asian countries. Wetangula said Asian and European nations were taking advantage of the lack of a strong... (GunPolicy.org)

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28118

Kenya,Africa,United Nations

3 September 2008

African Press Agency

NAIROBI, Kenya — Serious arms proliferation in most African countries go unchecked due to loopholes in national laws, Kenya Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said on Wednesday at the opening of an arms treaty conference in Nairobi. Reading a speech on his behalf, his deputy Richard Onyonka said African countries lose $264 million annually in human life and economic potential due to arms proliferation. He said conventional arms find themselves in African countries... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: African Press Agency

28117

Kenya,Africa,United Nations

3 September 2008

BBC News

African ministers are due to meet UN disarmament officials and arms control groups to help form a united position on a conventional arms trade treaty. The talks in Nairobi have been called by the Kenyan government. Arms control groups argue that Africa has lost billions of dollars in conflicts fuelled by unregulated weapons sales. They also say that a proposed treaty could significantly reduce the human and economic cost. Workable agreement According to one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

28111

Kenya

7 August 2008

IRIN (UN News)

NAIROBI — The widespread availability of firearms in the northern regions of Kenya has exacerbated insecurity and more people are being killed during livestock raids. At least 60 people died while another 15 were injured following clashes on 29 July between the Turkana and Pokot communities in northwestern Kenya, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). "Most of the injured had bullet and [knife] wounds," said Anthony Mwangi, KRCS public relations manager.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

27926

Kenya,Somalia

8 July 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Almost three months after the UN Security Council released a report saying a shipment of arms from Somalia had entered Kenya, the Government is yet to make its findings known. When reached for comment Monday, police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said: "The report has not come to my attention". He requested for a copy to be faxed to him. "That is a very sensitive report that I am not aware of. Sometimes everyone is so engrossed in their duties that when they get such... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

27625

Kenya,Africa

10 June 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

African countries will develop a combined approach to deal with the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons, an African Union (AU) official said on Monday. AU director for peace and security department Geofrey Mugumya said African heads of states were committed to combating the problem jointly to help in taming internal conflicts which have torn apart some countries. Addressing journalists on the AU commission conference in Mombasa, Mr Mugumya noted... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

27328

Kenya

29 May 2008

News24 (Cape Town)

NAIROBI — Kenyan police have arrested a prison warden who was caught selling ammunition in a Nairobi supermarket, says a spokesperson. The warden attached to the capital's Kamiti maximum-security prison was detained on Wednesday after being caught red-handed, said police spokesperson Eric Kiraithe. "Sixteen rounds of ammunition for a G3 rifle means utter devastation. The warden will be charged with illegal possession of ammunition," he said. Kenyan security... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News24 (Cape Town)

27221

Kenya,East Africa

26 May 2008

IRIN (UN News)

NAIROBI — Very little has been done to check the increase in illegal guns in parts of Kenya that were hardest hit by the post-election crisis, an official of a peace and development NGO said on 23 May. "The small arms problem is bigger at this point than at any other time in our country's history, especially owing to the post-election violence, which created new markets for illegal arms more than ever before," Mutuku Nguli, chief executive of the Peace and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

27190

Uganda,Kenya,East Africa

5 May 2008

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

MBALE — Security chiefs from Uganda and Kenya have stepped up efforts to end persistent arms trafficking along the common border. Last week, Uganda's and Kenya's joint border commissioners met in Mbale to fine-tune plans to stop the vice. The Minister for Presidency, Dr Beatrice Wabudeya, also attended the meeting at Mbale Resort Hotel. According to the army, the strategy is aimed at reducing gun-flow across the border. through cordial interactions between the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Kampala)

27020

Kenya

26 April 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

NAIROBI — For decades, Kerio Valley and the adjoining areas have been rocked by intermittent ethnic violence but they have never produced an internal refugee. Yet Eldoret, Kericho, Kuresoi, Molo, Nakuru and the surrounding areas produced hundreds of thousands of displaced people after less than six weeks of post-election violence. What is the difference between these two sets of volatile regions in the Rift Valley? The answer is simple; in Kerio, the communities... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

26968

Kenya

25 April 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Residents and leaders in the larger Laikipia district have appealed to the Government to mop up illegal firearms in the area following a fresh wave of killings by bandits. The call follows increased cases of murder, robbery and stock theft. Residents have been killed by bandits and cattle rustlers and hundreds of cattle, sheep and goats stolen. Laikipia West district commissioner, Fredrick Shisia estimates the number of illegal firearms in the area at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

26969

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

21 April 2008

East African (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — All firearms in the Great Lakes Region, East Africa and the Horn of Africa will soon be marked with country codes, force code and serial numbers in the fight against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. A workshop organised by the Regional Centre on Small Arms and held recently on Kenya's South Coast was told that 12 manual arms-marking machines have already been purchased through funding from the US government and will be distributed to each... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

28206

Kenya,East Africa

17 April 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

LONDON — Donors have been asked to stop funding NGOs working for peace in northern Kenya because the money has failed to do anything to reduce conflicts between pastoralist communities. Moreover, governments in East Africa have been challenged to do more to stop the proliferation of arms in the region. They have also been urged to work jointly to disarm all militia groups to improve security in the region. These are the conclusions of two new studies on the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

26886

Kenya,East Africa,Central Africa

7 April 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Twelve African countries Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to the marking of all state-owned small arms and light weapons by end of this year. The Regional Centre on Small Arms (Recsa) deputy executive secretary ambassador Tharcisse Midonzi said the 12 countries from the Great Lakes region, East Africa and Horn of Africa had also agreed to maintain data bases to ease the tracing of small arms and light weapons. Mr Midonzi made the remarks at Leopard Beach Hotel... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

26727

Kenya,East Africa,Central Africa

2 April 2008

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Kenya became the first country in the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa to mark its small arms and light weapons. During a symbolic ceremony that coincided with a regional workshop on small arms and light weapons marking and data management, equipment belonging to the Kenya Police was marked. An expert from South Africa, Mr Anthony Coetzee, marked a G-3 rifle and a Ceska pistol using a Marking Press Machine. Marking the firearms makes it easier to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Standard (Nairobi)

26678

Kenya,Africa

1 April 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

The Government will put in place mechanisms of tracing illicit firearms and gathering data that could lead to prosecution of illegal arms merchants. Police commissioner Major-General Hussein Ali has said the mechanisms would be key in curbing the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) and help in containing insecurity. He made the remarks at Leopard Beach Hotel when he officially opened a five-day regional small arms and light weapons marking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

26660

Kenya

31 March 2008

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

The recent spate of violence in Laikipia District could be attributed to the proliferation of illegal arms in the region. Laikipia is bordered by Baringo and Samburu districts, which are thought to have up to 25,000 small arms being held illegally. In a book titled Terrorised Citizens by a retired Air Force officer and two university dons, Samburu is suspected to have 16,000 guns in the wrong hands with Baringo having about 7,000. Profiles insecurity The 2003... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

26656

Kenya,Africa

17 March 2008

East African (Nairobi)

Viktor Bout. His name has a sharp, staccato to it, much like the sound of an AK-47 shot. Dubbed the "Merchant of Death" by former British foreign office minister Peter Hain, the countries the Russian national has reputedly sold arms to — Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Congo and others — read like a list of Africa's worst killing fields. The UN and international human-rights activists say that those arms, obtained illegally or at rock bottom prices from rusting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African (Nairobi)

26506

Kenya

23 February 2008

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Junior police officers in Nyanza have been ordered to surrender all small arms assigned to them. The directive comes amid fears of misuse of the weapons to settle vendettas in the police force. Local Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Mr. Anthony Kibuchi, confirmed that he had issued the order that pistols issued to junior officers be returned to respective armories adding that even under cover officers would be given assault rifles and not pistols. The junior officers... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

26226

Kenya

2 February 2008

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Four people, including a police officer, were killed in Kericho as arsonists struck at residential estates following the slaying of Ainamoi MP David Kimutai Too. Three of them were shot dead by an Administration Police officer, who was later burnt alive by a mob that broke into an armoury at Ainamoi district officer's office and stole 12 firearms and ammunition. The incident occurred on Thursday night — the day news of the MPs killing broke out. A... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Standard (Nairobi)

26001

Kenya,Germany

1 February 2008

African Executive (Nairobi)

Hundreds of people have been killed during the recent post-election unrest in Kenya, many of them from bullet wounds. The UN-news-agency IRIN reported that in Kisumu alone, 44 people were shot dead, some of them apparently in the back on escaping. Many pictures from the fighting scenes carry the G3 assault-rifle of Heckler & Koch (H&K), the standard weapon of the Kenyan army and police for more than thirty years. According to the well-informed Jane's Intelligence, those... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: African Executive (Nairobi)

25992

Sudan,Uganda,Kenya

15 January 2008

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

Security chiefs from the governments of Uganda and South Sudan have started discussions to end the long persistent arms trafficking in the region. According to the UPDF, the strategy is aimed at reducing gun flow in to Karamoja region and to ensure that the UPDF disarmament exercise achieves the 100 per cent result for peace in Karamoja. The UPDF and local leaders in Karamoja region have on several occasions hinted that the greatest undoing to the disarmament... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Kampala)

25845

Sudan,Uganda,Kenya

13 January 2008

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

KARAMOJA — The UPDF's special intelligence squad against arms trafficking in Karamoja region have arrested a leading arms trafficker in Uganda and Kenya. Livingstone Musoba, a Kenyan from Kipsongo, Kitale village whom both the Ugandan and Kenyan authorities have been hunting for five years was arrested on Tuesday in Uganda. Information reaching Sunday Monitor indicates that Simon Cheprikei from Serendeti in Bukwo, who was Musoba's accomplice was also arrested. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Kampala)

25846

Kenya,Uganda

16 December 2007

East African (Nairobi)

At only 34 years old, Lesekori Lemui is already a father of 19 from four wives. His eldest offspring is a 17-year old son. What prompted him to start having children so early? At the tender age of 14, he was the proud owner of 20 heads of cattle, including 12 bulls acquired through cattle rustling. Two years later, that figure had grown sixfold. Owning such a big herd, in Lemui's community, the Pokot, is affluence in itself. Custom demands that he share the vast... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

22 October 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Editorial

The report on the proliferation of small arms, especially hand grenades capable of killing tens of innocent people with one casual toss, is chilling enough. But when it is considered that the modern crook has not only become more sophisticated, but also more ruthless, the report should be enough to arouse great consternation among the public and it is a matter that should be addressed with all deliberate haste. It is acknowledged that as long as neighbouring... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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Kenya,Africa,United Nations,United Kingdom

11 October 2007

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Four years ago, on a warm summer evening in July 2003, a young Turkish woman was relaxing in a café in the fishing resort of Foca in south-west Turkey, her young son asleep in his pram beside her. Ozlem Grimason had been enjoying a family holiday in her native country with her Scottish husband, David, and their two-year-old son, Alistair. David had just gone back to the couple's home in East Kilbride — a couple of days early, owing to work commitments — and Ozlem... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,Africa

17 September 2007

South African Broadcasting Corporation

The proliferation of small arms and light weapons continues to pose threat to people's lives in countries in the Great Lakes region, the Horn of Africa and bordering states. The biggest challenge these countries face are porous borders of African countries. Several arms have been confiscated by the Regional Centre on Small Arms (Recsa), an inter-governmental organisation coordinating the fight against the proliferation of illicit small arms. Recsa's technical... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania,Kenya,Africa

11 August 2007

Guardian (Dar es Salaam)

ADDIS ABABA — Tanzania is among five countries in eastern Africa that have made much progress in streamlining national laws and regulations on the control of firearms and ammunition, according to a regional intergovernmental watchdog. However, all countries of the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa need a broader strategy and strong legislation to deal with the public security challenge that is posed by the proliferation of small arms and light weapons,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (Dar es Salaam)

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Kenya,East Africa

10 August 2007

IRIN (UN News)

NAIROBI — The Kenyan government is grappling with rampant trafficking of illicit small arms and light weapons but needs to pass tougher laws to contain the problem, officials said. "It is really hard to fight against because we do not know precisely where these arms are," Peter Munya, assistant minister for internal affairs, said on 10 August. "It also remains really hard to estimate how many of these illegal arms are circulating in the country — they could be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

24 July 2007

Kenya Times

The Kenya police has decried the leniency of penalties meted out to offenders of illicit weapons and called for a comprehensive review of the Firearms Act Cap 114 with an aim of imposing harsher penalties to criminals. The Director of Operations David Kimaiyo said yesterday the Act is outdated, hence the need for a drastic review that would mete out harsher penalties to offenders of illicit firearms. "It is the considered opinion of Kenya Police that effective... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

24 July 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A Ministry of Health employee has been arrested in Webuye on suspicion of trading in firearms. Police yesterday laid a trap for the clinical officer attached to Webuye hospital after a tip-off and allegedly found a pistol in his possession. According to Webuye East district commissioner Julius Ngumo, police approached the health worker and asked to buy a firearm. The clinical officer, believing that he had secured a good deal, walked right into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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24214

Kenya

24 July 2007

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Tougher measures to curb proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country have been proposed. Stakeholders have called for the revision of the Firearms Act to ensure offenders are denied bail and harsher penalties for those who possess guns illegally. Opening a two-day National and Provincial Firearms Officers sensitisation workshop in Nairobi on Monday, Director of Police Operations, Mr David Kimaiyo, said criminal incidences involving... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Standard (Nairobi)

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Kenya

22 July 2007

East African Standard (Nairobi), Editorial

The Government is upbeat the war against the proliferation of small arms is about to be won. The President said as much on Friday. His message was laden with optimism and he used the occasion first, cases of banditry in northern Kenya had gone down. Second, he commended the Armed Forces for its role in the recent disarmament programme. Third, and which shows there is still a lot to be done, he again told the peddlers and purveyors of illegal arms time was up. It... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Standard (Nairobi)

24202

Kenya,East Africa

20 July 2007

African Press Agency

Harmonizing laws across East Africa and the Great Lakes region will enable governments to better fight the spread of small arms and light weapons, a regional workshop resolved on Friday. In a communiqué issued in Nairobi, the Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA) said the harmonization of laws would stem what it termed as "astronomical proliferation" of light weapons such as assault riffles and pistols in the region. At the opening of the RECSA workshop on... (GunPolicy.org)

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24204

Kenya

19 July 2007

East African Standard (Nairobi)

The Government has recovered more than 3,200 illegal firearms in North Rift. Rift-Valley Provincial Commissioner Mr Hassan Noor Hassan said about 3,000 assortments of guns were forcefully collected during the first phase of the disarmament exercise launched last year. The administrator said residents surrendered the rest of the guns in the second phase of the disarmament. Late last year, Government suspended the exercise following public outcry by leaders who claimed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Standard (Nairobi)

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Kenya

19 July 2007

Voice of America

NAIROBI — Kenya's attorney general acknowledged Thursday that his country has seen what he called an astronomical proliferation of light weapons such as assault rifles and pistols. As Nick Wadhams reports from Nairobi, the trend in Kenya underscores the difficulty that African nations have had stemming the flow of small arms, which are used in conflicts across the continent. Attorney General Amos Wako made the remarks during a workshop in Nairobi aimed at harmonizing... (GunPolicy.org)

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24177

Kenya

29 May 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Two assistant ministers and a permanent secretary were caught up in a police crackdown on illegal firearms. Mr Aden Sugow (Water and Irrigation) and Mr Abdirahman Hassan (Trade and Industry) as well as Education PS Karega Mutahi were driving from a function in Garissa when their convoy was stopped by the police at a roadblock in Tana River District. The officers frisked bodyguards and searched the vehicles after their gun detector was activated as the convoy... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

5 April 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

The Government recently set ablaze 8,000 of the estimated 100,000 illegal weapons recovered from gangsters, unlicensed handlers and immigrants fleeing strife-torn neighbouring countries. Speaking during the occasion, Internal Security minister John Michuki said that the days of armed criminals were over, adding that the war to mop up the illegal guns will not stop. The firearms had been used in senseless murders, robberies and carjackings, among other crimes. So far,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

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Kenya

3 April 2007

Kenya Times, Opinion

The grave loopholes that promote acquisition of small arms to illegal ownership were on Wednesday last week brought to the fore in a workshop held in Nairobi. The scenario that portends looming danger for Kenyans in the hands of armed and violent gangsters became the hallmark of the deliberations with the minister for Internal Security John Michuki being accused of being slow in implementing an earlier drawn recommendations that would have since started bearing fruits... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

1 April 2007

Agence France Presse

NAIROBI — A rise in illegal arms trafficking has deepened insecurity fears in Kenya, already struggling to overcome its image as a crime-ridden country plagued by terrorism threats. Once considered a relative island of stability amid regional conflicts in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa, Kenya has suffered deadly terrorist attacks, in 1998 and 2002, ongoing tribal conflicts and a crime wave that claimed 50 lives in January alone. Estimates of the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,United Kingdom

28 March 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — The cache of firearms in the hands of Lord Delamere's son, Mr Tom Cholmondeley, was yesterday revealed to the High Court. Mr Cholmondely is on trial over the killing of Gilgil stonemason Robert Njoya on May 10, 2006. The 10 guns included four rifles — two Brunos, one Winchester and another whose make was not provided. Also in the Delamere family's armoury at Soysambu ranch in Gilgil, Nakuru District, were five shotguns and a revolver. And, according... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

22 March 2007

IRIN (UN News) / Reuters

MARSABIT — The severe drought in northern Kenya last year and cattle rustling have wiped out more than half of Halake Wario's livestock, but failed to dampen his determination to remain a pastoralist. "Livestock keeping is part of my Borana tradition but it is risky and tough," Wario told IRIN in Marsabit district. "Many people have been killed in the past and livestock stolen, [leaving] many families poor, but I wish the same lifestyle for my children." Most of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

20 March 2007

East African Business Week (Kampala)

NAIROBI — Kenyans went to sleep with a deep sense of relief last Thursday after an assortment of 8,008 guns, seized from criminals within just two years, were set ablaze. The government at the same time announced it would seek ultimate death as penalty for anyone found in possession of illegal arms or their imitations. "These weapons will never be used again for criminal purposes in our country or elsewhere," security minister, Mr. John Michuki announced before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East African Business Week (Kampala)

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Uganda,Sudan,Kenya

19 March 2007

New Vision (Kampala)

The trafficking in small arms along the Uganda, Sudan and Kenya borders is thriving to the extent that the cost of an AK-47 assault rifle has dropped from 10 cows in 1986 to two cows today. On the Uganda-Sudan border, an AK-47 rifle goes for sh100,000, a pistol for sh50,000 and a bullet for a mere sh200. Inside Sudan, an AK-47 rifle goes for a few chickens. No East African country has as yet submitted a proposal to the UN Secretary General to check the supply of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Vision (Kampala)

23088

Kenya,Uganda,Tanzania

18 March 2007

Sunday Times (Kenya), Opinion

The Government this week destroyed thousands of illegal firearms and light weapons and immediately announced that it was drafting stringent laws that would address the problem of proliferation of small arms and their possession by unauthorised persons. But even as the efforts to recover illegal firearms gains momentum, it remains unclear how many weapons are in wrong hands and the specific targets being worked on by authorities. Internal Security Minister John... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Kenya)

23057

Kenya,Namibia,East Africa

17 March 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

NAIROBI — Kenyans are debating whether the Government should lift its 30-year ban on trophy hunting. While the talk continues, the elephant population in Kenya continues to drop. Meanwhile, elephant populations in countries such as Namibia and South Africa are increasing, a resurgence that is due surprisingly, in part, to trophy hunting. More importantly, our research in Namibia has found that as elephant populations rebound, so do the fortunes of the people. What... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

23099

Kenya

16 March 2007

Kenya Times (Nairobi), Editorial

Yesterday about 8,000 illegal guns were set ablaze at Nairobi's Uhuru Gardens in a symbolic show of Kenya's commitment to the war against small arms in the wrong hands. It was symbolic because ordinarily one would argue that the arms could as well be disposed of safely through disposal at the country's arms arsenal. By incinerating them Kenya is sending a message it sent to the international community when it publicly set ablaze tonnes of ivory it could have sold for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kenya Times (Nairobi)

23067

Uganda,Kenya,Tanzania

15 March 2007

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

Uganda has the highest number of small arms and light weapons in illegal hands of the three countries in East Africa, largely because of its unstable political history, according to a researcher. "In Uganda we have had a bad political history. Governments have been toppled, and when soldiers are running away, they carry their guns to unknown destinations," Richard Nabudere, coordinator of Uganda's National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons, said on Tuesday... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Monitor (Kampala)

23034

Kenya

11 March 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Eastleigh estate, which once was a well-regarded middle income civil servants estate but changed its face after the influx of Somali refugees in the early 1990s following the outbreak of war and chaos in Somalia, is today recognised as Nairobi's firearms supermarket. Former soldiers of the fallen Siad Barre regime of Somalia made a living by selling guns to gangsters, creating a lucrative illegal business which, by the end of the 1990s, attracted hordes of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,East Africa

11 March 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — There is one illegal gun to every 300 Kenyans, according to government estimates. And it is these 100,000 illegal weapons which have facilitated the spike in crime and been used in the killing of many Kenyans. A Sunday Nation investigation in Nairobi revealed that there are tens of gangs which provide a deep and widening market for illegal weapons. Guns for use in carjackings and robberies are readily available for hire and for as little as Sh1,000 in... (GunPolicy.org)

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23015

Kenya

11 March 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Editorial

NAIROBI — When there is a crime, the automatic blame target is either the police or other authorities. In many respects, the police and the Office of the President are blameworthy. It is their job to protect Kenyans and their property, after all. But one of the underlying causes of crime is the sheer quantity of illegal guns in circulation. The government's own estimate is that there are hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of illegal weapons out there. This... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Nation (Nairobi)

23011

Kenya

9 March 2007

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Planning Assistant Minister Ekwe Ethuro says Kenya is playing a pivotal role in ensuring peace in the sub-region. Ethuro however noted that the peace prevailing in the country is being undermined by continued proliferation of small arms from countries currently facing civil strife in the region. Speaking in Nairobi, during the launch of the second African Human Security Initiative, Ethuro said an influx of refugees from countries affected by conflicts is also... (GunPolicy.org)

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