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Kenya. 2010 ‘National Small Arms Management Policy.’ 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 1.9, p. 14. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations. 1 January

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1.9 National Small Arms Management Policy

The gist of the implementation of a National Action Plan is the presence of an arms management policy that informs on legislation that provides for permanent institutional arrangements and defines linkages with other stakeholders. To this end, the Kenya National Focal Point Committee, with assistance from the UNDP, Saferworld, and Oxfam GB has completed development of a draft National Policy on SALW through a highly consultative process. Its approval will no doubt facilitate adjustment of legislation to reflect the gravity of the threats of illicit arms pose to society and consistency with international protocols and standards.

The policy will also guide the estimation of regulations and administrative procedures to ensure consistency with the UN program of Action and the provisions of the Nairobi Protocol. It is envisaged that once approved, the policy will inform the legislative review process. It will also guide the review of administrative procedures, rules and regulations governing the management of small arms and light weapons. This is important because laws that are in operation at any one given time need to be relevant, enforceable and effective.

Most importantly, part implementation of the policy is ongoing through the GOK support, EAC/GTZ, RECSA, UNDP, Saferworld, ISS and other partners.

[SALW = small arms and light weapons]

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