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Kenya. 2010 ‘Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument.’ National Report of Kenya on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 2.0, p. 19. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations. 1 January

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2.0 Implementation of the International Tracing Instrument

Kenya being a signatory to the Nairobi Declaration and the Nairobi Protocol has an obligation to ensure that it abides by the provisions of the Nairobi Protocol as provided for in the Best Practice Guidelines.

Article 7 of the Nairobi Protocol and Cap 1, 1.3 of the Best Practice Guidelines, requires that states in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa, mark all the SALW in state possession at the time of manufacture with a unique marking, providing the name of the manufacturer, the country or place of manufacture and the serial number. The marking should be stamped on the barrel, frame and where applicable on the slide. All small arms and light weapons owned by the state will in addition, be marked with a * (star) preceding the ISO country code for example *KE in the case of Kenya. Countries in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa are required to have marked all state owned small arms and light weapons by the end of this year, 2011.

Following the training, the 13 RECSA Member States could successfully conduct the marking of all state-owned SALW as well as establish electronic data bases in their respective countries.

On the area of Arm Marking and tracing the KNFP has trained 10 Law Enforcement Agencies in Kenya to facilitate the marking of state owned firearms during month of December 2008 after which 2 marking machines were availed in the month February 2009 and September 2009 respectively. These were issued to the Kenya Police and the Department of Defense to jumpstart the marking process. So far over 16,800 assorted SALW have been marked. Plans are underway to acquire more machines to fastrack the process and finalize it by end of 2011. Further to this computers for storage of data have also been supplied for this process.

While the process of marking is slow, it is expected that by the end of 2011, all state owned SALW shall be marked in accordance with the provisions of Nairobi Protocol and the International Tracing Instrument.

[SALW = small arms and light weapons]

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