Guns destroyed

In an effort to reduce the amount of illicit arms, the government has today destroyed 6000 small arms and weapons collected by police in a nationwide exercise.

In his speech during the exercise in Bukasa, Wakiso District, the state minister for internal affairs Mario Obigo Kania said such arms pose a major security threat if poorly managed and stored.

He also added that improving human security shouldn’t be a responsibility of only the security agencies but also citizens.

MEANWHILE, Okello Makmot Wilfred the Coordinator National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons said the guns were collected from Kotido, Moroto, and Kasese among others.

He however said more interventions are required especially in the legal framework to address the management as well as demand supply of these arms, proposed Fire Arms Bill to increase the eligible age for those seeking to own guns.