Sec­ond chance for own­ers of il­le­gal weapons

Ninety per cent of weapons re­cov­ered in Wa­jir, Isi­olo, Man­dera, Turkana, Sam­buru

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JOSEPH NDUNDA @MuthuiN­dunda

The dis­ar­ma­ment cam­paign has helped re­form own­ers of il­le­gal firearms and some have been re­cruited as re­servists by the Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice.

“Most of those pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity to work­ers of the com­pany build­ing the Isi­olo-Moyale road are po­lice re­servists re­cruited to serve their own peo­ple,” deputy di­rec­tor James Ngu­lui said. “Peo­ple have con­fi­dence in them be­cause they are do­ing a com­mend­able job. They are trusted by the lo­cal com­mu­nity as they are known to them.”

Most of the il­le­gal weapons re­cov­ered by the Kenya Fo­cal Point on Small and Light Weapons were from the arid and semi-arid coun­ties, Ngu­lui said. He said 90 per cent of the weapons were re­cov­ered from pas­toral com­mu­ni­ties in Wa­jir, Isi­olo, Man­dera, Turkana and Sam­buru.

Ngu­lui said the weapons are used in cat­tle rustling and for pro­tec­tion. He said the rest of the weapons were re­cov­ered from ur­ban ar­eas, where they were used in crime. Ngu­lui said the weapons were re­cov­ered through amnesty, vol­un­tary sur­ren­der and con­fis­ca­tion.

He said KNFP do­nated 400 mo­tor­cy­cles to own­ers of il­le­gal guns who vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered them to the state. Oth­ers re­ceived fi­nan­cial aid to set up shops and start agribusi­ness.

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A Turkana man car­ries a ri­fle as he walks with cows near Baragoi

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