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Kenya. 2010 ‘Collection and Disposal.’ 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 1.3.4, p. 9. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations. 1 January

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1.3.4 - Collection and Disposal

All illicit weapons seized or surrendered are destroyed, except in cases where they constitute part of evidence that is still required in court.

In compliance with commitments made under the various conventions and protocols signed by the country, Kenya has since 2003 taken bold steps to destroy by burning and subsequently smelt its stock of illicit SALW. So far a total of 22,634 assorted SALW, 50,000 rounds of ammunition, and 36,000 old military ordinances have been destroyed. The year 2009 saw 2,498 assorted firearms being destroyed by burning. The resultant debris has all been smelted.

Kenya does not and has never had a surplus of weapons within the disciplined services. However, for each of the institutions that are armed within the Republic, there is a specific procedure in their respective constitutive Acts that provides for disposal of surplus stocks.

However, in the event of existence of surplus weapons earmarked for destruction, the same are stored in Police armories under 24-hour guard. Such weapons are individually documented and destruction certificates prepared for signing upon completion of the destruction exercise.

To facilitate on-site decentralized destruction of illicit SALW, the UK Government donated to the Kenya Government two mobile gun crunchers (one truck mounted while the other is land rover towed). These will adequately facilitate subsequent destructions upon authorization of onsite destruction as a sensitization measure and as an administrative/legislative matter.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

ID: Q2299

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