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Centre to Procure Software

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

3 July 2010

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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…

The Recsa executive secretary, Dr Francis Sang, said the organisation had procured and supplied electronic machines for marking state-owned arms to its 12 member states and three others. The International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) had, according to Dr Sang, given the centre the mandate to mark the arms.

"The organisation has embarked on procurement of a suitable software to capture, store and process data on firearms as they are marked. A South African company was contracted to develop the software," Dr Sang said…

The software should ensure information and services by the database are protected and its backup and report generating capabilities are in place to protect against data loss and to enhance reporting, respectively. He said Recsa's procurement procedures had been strictly followed to ensure the region is supplied with a best product.

The head of arms management and disarmament unit (Amad), Mr Lutenta Mwauzi, explained that the unit had facilitated installation of two marking machines at the quartermaster. "We have so far marked about 3,000 firearms," the assistant commissioner of police (ACP) said.

He, however, noted that the exercise was temporarily halted as a result of the machines developing some technical problems. Small arms belonging to state departments were first being marked and that those owned by members of the public would follow.

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