Rwanda destroys 130 tonnes of ammunitions

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As part of its efforts to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, Rwanda on Monday started a week-long process of destroying 130 tonnes of expired weapons which present one of the biggest security challenges currently facing countries in Eastern Africa region, an authoritative source confirmed to PANA in Kigali.

The Executive Secretary of Nairobi-based Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA), Theoneste Mutsindashyaka, explained that the exercise which is currently being conducted in the military barracks of Gabiro (North West) consists setting on fire all the ammunitions and expired bombs in compliance with the non-proliferation of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).

"The emphasis of this program is on moving forward with tangible actions resulting in a  lasting reduction of small arms and light weapons in the region," he said.

Experts argue that current proliferation and illicit trafficking in small arms is still causing  human suffering, fueling crime, exacerbating conflict and undermining reconciliation and peace-building efforts, and obstructing economic and social development in the East Africa and the Great Lakes region.

Latest reports indicate that Rwanda registered 421 cases related to armed crimes between 2010 and March 2016, the least in EAC compared to other four bloc member states mentioned in the study.

Moreover, Tanzania registered 9,646 cases; Kenya 12,877 while Burundi and Uganda complete the list with 26,041 and 34,512 cases respectively, the report further states.

Current members of RESCA include Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Seychelles, Sudan, Uganda and South Sudan.
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27 november 2017 15:40:09

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