Interior Principal Secretary Dr. Raymond Omollo has issued a rallying call for regional states to implement action plans to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW). His appeal underscores the critical need to control the circulation of illicit firearms across borders and within communities.

Dr. Omollo urged member states to prioritize the implementation of national action plans aimed at curbing the trade in small arms and light weapons. He emphasized that such measures are essential for enhancing public safety and security.

Furthermore, the Interior PS stressed the importance of aligning with international instruments such as the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the International Tracing Instrument, and regional protocols like the Nairobi Protocol and SADC Protocol.

“We must strengthen our legal frameworks, improve border security, and enhance our capacity for arms tracing and record-keeping,” remarked Dr. Omollo during a regional meeting held in Nairobi.

He also called upon regional bodies like the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to establish regional targets and develop cohesive strategies for reducing the illegal possession, misuse, and trafficking of SALW.

At the heart of Dr. Omollo’s message was the importance of setting clear national targets and implementing robust action plans to tackle the challenges posed by illicit arms proliferation. He emphasized the role of regional processes in supporting states to address the transnational nature of the issue effectively.

Highlighting the dire consequences of unchecked arms trafficking, Dr. Omollo underscored how conflicts fueled by small arms and light weapons undermine peace, stability, and socio-economic development across East and Southern Africa.

“The illicit trade in small arms respects no borders, making it imperative for us to strengthen collaborative efforts regionally and internationally,” he emphasized.

Dr. Omollo’s remarks came during the Regional Preparatory Meeting for East and Southern Africa for the Fourth Review Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons. The event brought together delegates from over 26 countries and regional organizations to discuss strategies for addressing SALW-related challenges.

Participants at the meeting explored various themes, including the development of effective national policies, enhancing arms tracing mechanisms, and strategies to curb the supply and demand of illicit arms. They also discussed synergies between regional and international frameworks for arms control.

The meeting provided a platform for constructive dialogue and cooperation among participating states and regional organizations. It aimed to identify region-specific challenges and priorities in combating the illicit arms trade, aligning with broader development agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s 2063 Agenda.

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