Gun control in Africa--Govt Burns 8,000 Guns As Minister Orders Police to Kill Thugs

Gun control in Africa--Govt Burns 8,000 Guns As Minister Orders Police to Kill Thugs

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    Govt Burns 8,000 Guns As Minister Orders Police to Kill Thugs

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    The East African Standard (Nairobi)
    NEWS
    March 16, 2007
    Posted to the web March 15, 2007
    By Cyrus Ombati
    Nairobi

    Police have been given a new shoot-to-kill order. "An illegal weapon in the hands of a criminal has no other purpose except to kill an innocent person. It is, therefore, justifiable for the law enforcers to take equal measure against such a person," Internal Security minister Mr John Michuki declared, moments before he set ablaze 8,000 illegal light weapons.

    In a solemn ceremony, which captured the magnitude of the loss families have suffered in the hands of roving bands of armed criminals, the minister appeared to shrug off growing criticism by human rights groups - who have accused the Government of sanctioning extrajudicial killings - and directed police officers to gun down armed criminals.

    A tough-talking Michuki said law enforcers were justified in killing criminals in possession of illegally acquired guns "as their motive was evil".

    While admitting that hundreds of illegal weapons in the wrong hands had caused pain and misery to thousands of families, the minister gave assurances of the Government's commitment in ensuring security to all.

    Michuki spoke as 8,008 illegal firearms went up in smoke at Nairobi's Uhuru Gardens after he lit the bonfire.

    The guns were recovered from criminals, some of whom had been gunned down by the police, while others were surrendered to the State in the ongoing disarmament exercise in the North Rift region.

    Capital punishment for those holding illegal weapons

    By burning the firearms, Kenya was making a clear statement to the world that it was committed to her international obligations by adopting best practices contained in international treaties regarding the disposal of illicit small arms and light weapons, Michuki said.

    The minister announced that the Government would be seeking enhanced sentences and penalties to serve as deterrents for the illegal possession of firearms and gun running.

    In this regard, said the minister, the Government had proposed legislation to address the problem of proliferation of small arms and their possession by unauthorised persons.

    "If passed by Parliament, the law will provide for capital punishment for those found in possession, trading, conveying and dealing in illegal weapons. We are confident that Parliament will respond positively to the concerns of Kenyans on this important security matter," said Michuki.

    He added that the Government had launched a forcible disarmament exercise in the North Rift as a way of addressing gun crime.

    "Any resident identified to be in possession of an illegal firearm shall be disarmed by force. The mop up exercise will continue as long as there are firearms in civilian hands," said the minister.

    100 suspected thugs gunned

    Runaway crime has put the Kibaki Administration in a spot on an election year, with critics using the Government's apparent inability to decisively deal with the vice to call for regime change.

    Investors, politicians, clergy, civil society and the diplomatic community have at different times in the recent past variously expressed grave concerns over spiralling crime, with the appeal that the Government put down its foot firmly.

    Michuki said consultations on the drafting of the policy on small arms, light weapons, conflict management and peace building in strife-torn pastoralist areas had been finalised.

    "In these endeavours also, we launched the Kenya National Action Plan on small arms and light weapons last year. Its provisions are already being implemented," said Michuki at the ceremony also attended by diplomats.

    Apart from members of the public, illicit guns have also claimed lives of 16 police officers and injured a similar number in the last three months.

    Since January, police have gunned down over 100 suspected thugs and recovered close to 50 assorted firearms as they intensify the war on crime.

    The most memorable of them was Simon Matheri, who police said had murdered at least 18 people in Nairobi and Kiambu.

    He was shot dead in his Athi River hideout on February 20 after weeks of a massive police manhunt of a fugitive the officers said had eluded them for a long time.

    Prominent people killed

    Among those killed by illicit guns were the celebrated HIV-Aids vaccine researcher, Prof Job Bwayo, businessmen Lawrence Regeru, Humphrey Gichuru Karugi, 57, and his son Kiarie, 21.

    The Care International Eastern Africa region director, Mr Geoffrey Chege, was killed in cold blood by thugs in Dagoretti on January 31 in a robbery. Criminals in Kinoo gunned down American citizens Zelda White and Loice Anderson last month.

    Gunmen also killed a Catholic priest, Fr Martin Addai, in Nairobi's South B Estate last weekend, dumped his body by the roadside before escaping in his car. In a seemingly endless catalogue of mayhem, gunmen in a siege-like situation surrounded a village in Mt Elgon on March 3 and shot dead seven villagers before escaping into a nearby forest.

    Thugs shot dead former deputy commissioner of police, James Peter Gatui, and businessman Morgan Njenga early this year. Gatui was gunned down last August 4 as he inspected a construction site at Kirigiti in Kiambu. His killers walked away casually, not even bothering to drive away his vehicle that was parked nearby, or take the gun protruding from his holster.

    Karugi and his son were shot dead in Kikuyu in a bizarre robbery, while Morgan was killed in his bar in Wangige last month.

    Somalia supplies illegal weapons

    The burning of the weapons brings the number of those destroyed in the past three years to 15,000 and marked the 7th anniversary of the signing of the Nairobi Protocol on control of small arms.

    The Internal Security Assistant minister, Mr Peter Munya, Police Commissioner Maj-Gen Hussein Ali and other top officers from the department including Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawrence Mwadime, Director of Operations Mr David Kimaiyo, GSU Commandant, Mr Mathew Iteere and CID Director, Mr Gatiba Karanja, were present.

    According to the Kenya National Focal Point, more than 140,000 firearms were still in wrong hands, with a recovery rate of 1,000 a year.

    Michuki said the Government was committed to provision of security to all Kenyans and assured that the State would deploy enough security personnel to all vulnerable areas, in addition to appointing Kenya Police Reservists in select areas.

    Michuki said Somalia remained the main supplier of illegal weapons, and called on the international community to help it strengthen governance institutions to address the problem.

    Ali said the instability in Somalia was the epicentre of insecurity in the region, and urged the UN to address the issue of trade in small arms by establishing laws.

    To this end, Ali said he had cancelled a number of temporary licences because their utility is susceptible to misuse.


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    Since January, police have gunned down over 100 suspected thugs and recovered close to 50 assorted firearms as they intensify the war on crime.
    Well, if they're gunning down armed thugs, where are the other 50+ weapons?
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    Since this is africa and not the USA they have no second amendment so i moved this to off topic

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    They have problems over there because people treat each other like animals, not because anyone has guns. (It's just like anywhere else, but to a worse degree.)

    One wonders why they don't just turn this "kill 'em all" attention toward people who have committed a crime. You know, "If you rob someone, you'll be executed," in the same way that they say they will do it to those who possess guns.

    First they demonize: ANY civilian (I suppose this means that they don't provide for ANY form of legal, licensed carry for civilians?) caught with a gun is EVIL and has EVIL motives.

    Then they punish: but rather than passing a law that bans everyone from having guns (I guess they already tried that, and gee whiz, look how successful it must've been) they will now kill anyone who has one.

    Is it any wonder why that whole continent is regarded as the backwards rump of the world?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White View Post
    Since this is africa and not the USA they have no second amendment so i moved this to off topic
    Fair enough, point taken...

    I was merely tieing this to some of the more extreme elements of a certain political party who wishes to round up all firearms which would eliminate all bad things and we would live in Utopia...

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    Bet their decision process for which armed person is actually a criminal needs work...
    "Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18

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