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Govt to destroy illicit small arms, light weapons

27 November 2014, 09:30

Nairobi - Kenya is in the process of destroying over 5,000 illicit small arms and light weapons that have been recovered, a senior cabinet official said on Wednesday.

Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Ole Lenku said the number of arms awaiting destruction will join 25,000 other firearms that have already been collected and destroyed over the years.

"Kenya's commitment to finding solutions to the problems associated with violence has been consistent. It is our conviction that we must prevent conflict, protect human life and promote human development," Lenku said.

The CS said impacts of armed violence have devastating consequences in many regions of the world, particularly in Africa, most of which is characterized by intrastate wars.

"Conflict is a great source of human suffering, affecting entire ethnic groups, gender and religion. Armed violence denies people their fundamental rights, personal security and their ability to participate socially in their communities, in addition to abetting terrorism," Lenku said.

Also read: UN arms treaty talks resume amid hurdles

He said the flow of conventional weapons, in particular, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, with which most of the wars are fought, today poses the gravest threat to peace and stability in the region and the Horn of Africa.

The CS made the remarks during the opening of the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development in Nairobi.

The two-day symposium brings together representatives from across the sub-Saharan region to work on solutions to the regional and global problems associated with armed violence and development.

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