Central Africa: Kenya to Take Charge of Regional War Against Illicit Small Arms Trade

Nairobi — Kenya has been elected to take charge of the regional war ag against illicit small arms trade in Great Lakes region and Horn of Africa.

This follows a unanimous endorsement from representatives of the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) 15 member states.

According to Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo, the new role in the organization effectively expands the country’s scope of responsibilities in the efforts to stop illicit arms trade and foster sustainable peace and security in the region.

“Kenya pledges unconditional support and commitment to this cause, and I am certain that the role that the member states have assigned us today will make us even more aggressive in against this menace,” the PS stated when he represented Kenya during a meeting of the Council of Ministers (CoM) in Kinshasa, DR Congo.

The PS relayed Kenya’s readiness to advance RECSA’s agenda, key among them ending violent conflicts, terrorism, organized crimes and humanitarian crises fed and aggravated by small arms and light weapons.

He further highlighted a series of priorities the government has lined up to deliver on the new role, with a prime focus on participative leadership and higher levels of mutual support towards reducing the accessibility and availability of illicit arms.

“We will strive to be a true partner, who will not only lead by example but also foster an environment of collaboration, growth, and collective success,” Omollo said.

He also noted that the country is planning to promote innovative approaches to address the root causes of armed violence, including socioeconomic disparities, poverty, and inequality, which have aggravated humanitarian crises in the region.

In its proposals, Kenya will seek to leverage the power of sharing of resources and expertise to step up disarmament operations and implement innovative security solutions tailored to community needs.