Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Revealed: How bandits obtain M16 rifles

But on October 12, security officers in Longewan, Samburu West, killed a suspected cattle thief and found an M16 rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition.

Samburu County Police Commander Samson Ogelo said the man was was part of a gang that raided the area and chased away 27 cattle that were later recovered.

Police arrested Dakitari Lokombayo and brought him to a court in Maralal last Tuesday, where they had two weeks got to complete the investigation. .

On Friday, Samburu police seized two assault rifles, an AK-47 and an FN FAL, in the Parikati area after thwarting a livestock attack. The firearms had 20 and 14 rounds of ammunition. A ranger was killed.

“While our security guards use the standard AK-47 and G3 rifles, they use the M16 and other military weapons. We don’t know how to get them, “remarked Natembeya, adding that it was politicians to blame.

” Intelligence reports show that bandits get their supplies of sophisticated weapons and food from their leaders in order to defeat Moranism support. ”

Nation’s investigation shows the weapons came from multiple sources, including the Ethiopian rebels Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). They are being smuggled in through porous borders.

“Police Department (DCI) officers are investigating how the assault guns find their way into the country,” a senior DCI official told the nation.

Illegal firearms

“One of the M16 rifles found on Tuesday had a sticker with the flag of a neighboring country. It was made in the US, ”he added.

In Kenya, gun laws are strict. Several background checks and interviews are required to get one. Yet pastoral communities, where the government’s security presence is rare, are increasing the demand for guns on the black market.

Gangs, supported by celebrities and politicians, buy assault rifles between 5,000 and 20,000 Shillings, or two cows, each after on the gun.

“It is easy to access guns because we are surrounded by conflict countries. One of the sources is South Sudan, where local communities sell them for food. Others are Ethiopia, Somalia, and Uganda. Bandits are backed by politicians and business people who support the rustling, “said a source.

Deputy Director of the National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Charles Owino, said the government was determined to do that War on illegal firearms.

“We expect other East African countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the 15 countries that have signed up to the Nairobi Protocol for the Prevention, Control and Reduction of Small Arms and Light Weapons, to the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa to fulfill their commitments in the war against the proliferation of illegal firearms in the region. They must label all state and civil weapons, ”he said.

Arms smuggling is a leading cause of politically motivated conflict, especially between pastoral communities.

They have caused thousands of deaths and injuries , Displacement and forced migration of people; it has also hampered development, increased insecurity and led to the loss of livestock.

Porous borders

In Laikipia, bandit attacks have claimed at least 15 lives in the past two months. The armed forces are involved in a major operation to evict bandits who wreaked havoc in the Ol Moran area.

Security analyst Kiyo Ng’ang’a said the solution is to close the porous borders seal.

“Disarmament doesn’t help; The government must stop the smuggling of illegal firearms from other countries. The M16 is a military rifle with an effective firing range of 400-800 meters. It’s relatively easy, “he said.

Another security expert, Mr. Richard Otieno, added,” It is a family of military rifles adapted from the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle for the US military . The original M16 rifle was a 5.56 x 45 mm assault rifle. It can fire 45-60 bullets per minute. ”

In 1964, the M16 entered the US military and the following year it was used for jungle missions during the Vietnam War. It has been widely adopted by armed forces around the world.

Total global production of the M16 is approximately eight million, making it the most widely produced firearm in its 5.56mm caliber.

A The 2016 report found that there are more than 600,000 illegal weapons among pastoral communities in Kenya.

This year there are around 700,000 illegal weapons across the country according to official figures, most of them from Somalia, Ethiopia , Uganda and Sudan.