Uhuru Destroys 366,000 Illegal Guns in Inferno

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, November 19, led the destruction of 8,700 illegal guns and 366,000 bullets.

    He was accompanied by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i during the historic event held at GSU Magadi Field Training Campus.

    The head of state, while speaking at the event, mentioned that the government had streamlined the gun licensing process and advised Kenyans who wish to own firearms to follow laid out procedures. 

    Illegal arms up in flames at the GSU Magadi Field Training Campus, November 19, 2019.

    He also reiterated that his administration had established a digital register of all civilian firearms holders and issued them with smart licenses.

    The president affirmed that Kenya is among the strongest proponents of international action to address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and that the destruction of the firearms was an indication of the country's commitment to strengthening peace and security.

    He went on to explain that the destruction of illegal firearms was one of several proactive measures the government was taking to guarantee the security and safety of its citizens and their property.

    On July 4, 2019, the government issued a 7-day ultimatum during a widespread crackdown on individuals who were in possession of firearms without necessary clearance.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i inspect the illegal arms before setting them ablaze, November 19, 2019.