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Mtonga, Robert. 2004 ‘Illegal Firearms - Zambia.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, p. 287. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

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In order to reduce the number of illegal firearms in circulation, the police have offered amnesty from prosecution to anyone surrendering an illegal firearm to them, and up to US$ 40 per firearm surrendered. Officials at the Firearms Registry commented in 2003 that a lack of funding was hampering the success of the amnesty programme.(19)

The cash compensation policy has been criticised by other police forces within the region for allegedly encouraging trade in firearms. In the three-year period up to mid-2003 the amnesty campaign had netted some 2,500 firearms, and most of these were reportedly either very old or of inferior quality,(20) representing a very low success rate.

In late 2003, the Firearms Registry reported that 720 illegally owned firearms had been retrieved by the state that year, either through confiscation or through the firearm buy-back scheme.(21) Some of the weapons were burnt at a ceremony on 17 July, 2003…


19) Telephone Interview with senior official, Zambia Police Firearms Section, 22 June 2003.

20) Mthembu-Salter, G. "Small arms and crime in Zambia: Focus on Livingstone, Namwala and the Kafue National Park", unpublished monograph for Small Arms Survey, 2003.

21) Jones Tilimboyi, statement made at the Workshop on the Social Impacts of the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Zambia held in Lusaka, 22 November 2003.

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