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Residents Surrender Firearms after Amnesty

A total of ten guns have been voluntarily surrendered to police in the last one week in Turkana, County police Commander Samuel Ndanyi, has revealed.

 

“Between yesterday and today, we have received five guns while the other five were received before and we expect more because of the amnesty,” said Ndanyi in his office on Wednesday.

 

He at the same time called on all those who have firearms to surrender them and assured them that they would not be victimised.

 

He said some of those guns had been taken to chiefs’ offices by residents who feared to take them to police officers.

 

Illegal firearms have been blamed for highway robberies and for running cattle rustling among the pastoralist communities in the north rift.

 

The government has been planning to disarm all civilians with illegal firearms for some years but it has been met with resistance especially from a section of political leaders.

 

The success of disarmament exercise in neighbouring Uganda has been hailed for improving security in that country.

 

By Peter Gitonga

 

 

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