President Uhuru Kenyatta has today presided over the destruction of illicit firearms at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre headquarters in Ngong, Kajiado county.
The 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons were recovered in 2020. “A majority of the illegal firearms were voluntarily surrendered by the public who heeded Government amnesty offers, and through the diligence of Kenya’s security agencies,” President Kenyatta said.
On Tuesday, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i had revealed that police have recovered 14,000 guns and over 400,000 rounds of ammunition in the last two years.
Speaking during the launch of the ODPP Excellence Charter, Matiangi urged members of the public to step up into a more active role in fighting white-collar crime.
He further assured Kenyans that his ministry and the entire police force was still active in restoring order in the criminal justice system.
“From our end as security sector players, we are obliged to measure up to the expectations of fighting crime through prosecution-guided investigations and inter-agency collaboration,” Matiangi said.
In 2019, Kenya National Focal Point On Small Arms and Light Weapons then director Mohamed Amin said a survey by Africa Amnesty showed there were between 550,000 and 650,000 illegal firearms in the hands of civilians.