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Mozambique

Mozambique Police Seize Assault Weapons Being Smuggled to City

22 May 2014

Agência de Informação de Moçambique

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

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South Africa,China,Russia,United States,Mozambique

South African Gun Culture Shown in Art

11 April 2014

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

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

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

Melding Guns Into Weapons of Mass Attraction – Global Picture Gallery

6 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

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

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

Assault Weapons From Mozambique Used by Tanzanian Poachers

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)

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Mozambique

Mozambique Cops Jailed for Renting Out Guns to Criminals

2 October 2013

Agência de Informação de Moçambique

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

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

Zambia Calling for a 'Bullet-Proof' Arms Trade Treaty

18 March 2013

Times of Zambia

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

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Mozambique

Three Mozambique Soldiers Arrested for Gun Thefts, Selling to Criminals

14 November 2012

Agência de Informação de Moçambique (Mozambique)

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

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Southern Africa,Malawi,Mozambique,Zambia,Zimbabwe

Interpol Blames Porous Borders for Gun Trafficking, Crimes in Southern Africa

28 March 2012

Newsday (Zimbabwe)

VICTORIA FALLS — The reluctance by regional countries to implement strict rules and guidelines of the Sadc protocol on firearms is hampering efforts to end the proliferation of small arms used in violent crimes. This was revealed by the head of the Interpol Regional Bureau for Sadc, Chilika Simfukwe, yesterday on the sidelines of a workshop on the fight against the proliferation of small arms in the region. "Almost all borders in the Sadc region are porous in this... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsday (Zimbabwe)

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Somalia,Mozambique,Tanzania,Kenya,East Africa

Small Arms Proliferation in East Africa Fueling Conflicts and Instability - Opinion

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)

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Southern Africa,South Africa,Swaziland,Angola,Congo (DRC),Mozambique,Namibia,Zimbabwe,Central America,South America,Caribbean,Central Africa,Europe,Asia,Africa,Americas,Oceania,Botswana,China,Czech Republic,Germany,Russia,United States,Philippines,Italy

High Gun Death Risk for Young African Men, Women at Home - UN Study

19 February 2012

Southern Times (Southern Africa)

WINDHOEK - Young men in Southern Africa are at the greatest risk of cold-blooded murder, while women in the region are more likely than others from around the world to be killed in domestic violence, a UN agency says. The statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) come as the region battles to contain the proliferation of gun-related crimes. Experts have said gun-related crime is a major problem in South Africa and Swaziland, and is on the rise in... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Mozambique,East Africa

South African Shipping Could Be Disrupted by New Piracy Gun Procedure

17 February 2012

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

A South African Police Service (SAPS) instruction has been issued that all permits for vessel protection must now be sent directly to the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) in Pretoria, which is effectively defunct. Until three weeks ago any firearms aboard a ship were collected by the local Port Authority police, and held until the vessel was about to depart our shores, when they were returned. As piracy in the Mozambican Channel and East African shores is now endemic,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania,Eastern Europe,East Africa,Australia,India,Nigeria,Mozambique,Russia

Global: Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Dumps Increasing - IRIN / SAS

5 December 2011

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG - The rate of accidents at munitions storage sites has risen to unprecedented levels in 2011, despite a growing international commitment to assist countries in managing their weapons and ammunition stockpiles. "During the first ten months of 2011, the average number of explosions has increased to more than three per month - the highest rate recorded in a calendar year," said the Small Arms Survey (SAS), a Geneva-based NGO monitoring small arms and armed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: IRIN (UN News)

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Sri Lanka,Sudan,Malawi,Zambia,Mozambique,Macedonia,Liberia,Sierra Leone,West Africa,Africa,South Africa

Africa: Analysis: How Best to Remove Guns from Post-conflict Zones?

28 July 2011

IRIN (UN News)

JOHANNESBURG - Cash for guns or buy-back programmes in post-conflict states have fallen out of favour as a method of ridding a society of weapons, and have been replaced by often elaborate schemes designed to remove money from the equation, but the debate continues as to the best way forward. The disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) community has grappled for years with buy-back practices and acknowledges they can have a profound effect on the nature of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique

Mozambique Police Sergeant Detained for Hiring AK-47, Pistol to Criminals

13 December 2010

Mozambique News Agency

MAPUTO — A Mozambican police sergeant in the central city of Chimoio was arrested on Friday and charged with hiring out police guns and uniforms to a gang of ten criminals who carried out armed robberies in Chimoio and in the districts of Barue, Guro and Gondola. The sergeant is Manuel Tinga, who has been in the police force for about 17 years. After his arrest he told Radio Mozambique that he took to hiring equipment to criminals as "an act of despair" in order to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique

Mozambique Churches Collected, Destroyed 700,000 Guns Since 1995

26 January 2010

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)

MAPUTO — Under its project "Transforming Guns into Hoes" (TAE), the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM), the umbrella body for the mainstream protestant churches in the country, has, since 1995, collected and destroyed 700,000 guns held illegally, according to the CCM general secretary, Marcos Macamo, interviewed in Tuesday's issue of the independent daily "O Pais". TAE involves offering people holding illegal weapons useful implements (such as sewing machines or... (GunPolicy.org)

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Portugal,Angola,Brazil,Cabo Verde,Guinea-Bissau,Mozambique,Sao Tome & Principe,Timor-Leste

Police Chiefs of Portuguese-speaking Nations Meet to Curb Gun Running

12 June 2009

Diario de Noticias (Lisbon)

CPLP (Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries) police chiefs have created a committee to fight arms trafficking through tighter controls of legal arms sales. The PSP (Portuguese Public Security Police) has suggested to the CPLP chiefs of police a harmonization of legislation relating to the trade and transport of firearms. The objective is to prevent the considerable number of weapons circulating legally between these countries falling into criminal hands. The CPLP... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique

Mozambique Police Arrested for Renting Guns to Armed Robbers

3 January 2009

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique

MAPUTO — Five policemen from the Maputo City Police Command have been arrested on charges of extortion and of supplying firearms to gangs of criminals, according to the Maputo director of the Criminal Investigation Police (PIC), Dias Balate. One of those detained is a PIC officer, Balate said. This man used to hire out police guns to criminals, and was paid with a share in the proceeds from armed robberies. "We found him out because of our work to locate and... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Mozambique

Routine Destruction of Guns Curbs Weapon Trafficking in Southern Africa

21 October 2008

Times (Johannesburg)

About 180km north of Maputo, near the lagoon lodges of Bilene, lies Mozambique's most expensive 8m-deep crater. Mangled bits of gun barrels and shrapnel strewn about the periphery hint at the explosive end of three weeks of hard slog in searing heat in the South African and Mozambican police's joint Operation Rachel. Within milliseconds, four tonnes of commercial explosives rip through weapons that left thousands killed and maimed during the Felimo-Renamo civil war,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times (Johannesburg)

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Zimbabwe,South Africa,Mozambique,Zambia,China

Praise 3 African Nations for Barring 'Ship of Shame' Gun Cargo to Zimbabwe

24 April 2008

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

It's a rare moment when three African nations, in an effort to forestall violence, block a shipment of weapons to a neighboring country in political turmoil. It's perhaps even a historic development when those weapons were sold by a great power and were bound for a government that is not under United Nations sanctions and has every legal right to buy arms — though no moral right to do so. So let us praise the courageous peoples of South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia... (GunPolicy.org)

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Zimbabwe,China,South Africa,United States,Mozambique,Angola,Namibia

China Says Ship Carrying Ammunition, Guns to Zimbabwe May Head Home

22 April 2008

Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A shipment of weapons to Zimbabwe may be returned to China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, after the troubled southern African nation's neighbors prevented the cargo from being unloaded. The Chinese freighter arrived in South Africa last week, and human rights groups and others said they feared the mortar grenades and bullets onboard could be used by President Robert Mugabe's regime to clamp down on its opposition. Zimbabwean church... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

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