President Uhuru Kenyatta today, presided the destruction of 8700 illegal guns and 366,000 other assorted ammunition at Kajiado Magadi General Service Unit (GSU) Field Training campus.
“It is worth noting that, seizing of ammunition illegally held, is one of the measures that we, as a country, are undertaking to ensure and sustain security in the country,” said President Kenyatta.
The exercise dates back to 2003 in respect to several united nation (UN) commitments, to eradicate small arms and light weapons.
The President emphasized the country’s commitment to strengthening regional and global peace and security during the exercise.
He said the government has laid a streamlined gun licensing system, and advised Kenyans to follow the laid procedures to own firearms.
He encouraged Kenyans to recognize time has changed and no longer need to engage in political discourse of cultural activities of banditry.
“The only thing we will work together is to see how we will bring it to an end by working together with community leaders, politicians, young men and women, to surrender illegal weapons” the President said.
The interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi, recognized the security agencies aggressive operations to mop up illegal arms across the country. He said this has led to retrieval of 50 fire arms in North Rift and 71 guns and assorted ammunition from Marsabit.
In attendance was Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, Attorney General Paul Kihara and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai were among several senior government officials at the event.