Uhuru to burn 8,745 illegal guns in Magadi

By Joel Muinde On Tue, 19 Nov, 2019 13:20 | < 1 min read
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An illegal weapons haul that was torched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Magadi GSU training camp on Tuesday, Novermber 19, 2019. PHOTO | GERALD ITHAE | PD

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday is set to lead the exercise of burning 8,745 illegal guns collected from civilians in disarmament drives.

The illegal firearms will be burnt at the Magadi General Service Unit Training College.

The national government has in the past few years conducted disarmament exercises in the country, with the latest in Marsabit County following killing of police reservists.

In 2019, the Interior ministry also disarmed National Police Reservists (NPR) in 15 arid and semi-arid counties after claims they were using government-issued guns to attack residents.

The withdrawal of the NPR guns was conducted in Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Lamu, Marsabit, Meru, Isiolo, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Baringo, Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Laikipia and Kitui counties.

In 2007, the government also burned 8,000 guns that had been recovered during operations to stem flow of illegal weapons in Kenya from Somalia.

Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda were also said to have contributed to the supply of illegal guns in Kenya.

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