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Illegal Firearms Trafficking Stokes Tensions in Kigezi

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Organised by the Uganda National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NFP), the workshop aimed at sensitising the public on avoiding illegal arms.


Wawiire further expressed shock that some militants are selling guns around the Bunagana border point of DRC, pushing the country’s security to the edge.


She attributed the increased cases of shootings in the region to illicit fire arms trade and lenient sentences by courts of law.


“We have registered several cases of firearm trafficking at Katuna, Kyanika (borders with Rwanda), Bunagana in Kisoro and Ishasha in Kanungu.”

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Wawiire said most private security companies which employ unqualified guards have contributed to insecurity since they “end up abusing these weapons.”


The Public Relations officer for Uganda National Focal Point, Joe Burua said government has launched a new policy of registering and marking all fire arms for security organisations and individuals by the end of December.


“The moment all guns are registered and information kept in the database; we will be able to track down all those who misuse them. Some security officers especially in police who are in charge of armoury have a habit of poorly keeping records about fire arms which is a security threat,” said Burua.


The Uganda National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NFP) was established by the Government of Uganda in 2001 to coordinate activities to prevent, combat and eradicate the problem of the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW).


The workshop was also attended by the Kabale head of security teams, head of political leaders, senior police officers among others.

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