Rwanda: Police Keep Weapons in Check
By Dialogo January 01, 2011
Rwanda is addresing the illegal small arms and light weapons, or SALW, that are threatening the East Africa region, which has about 500,000 arms.
The country has been making strides to control SALW, despite the challenge of porous borders of neighboring states. In 2007, the Central Firearms Registry was established to strengthen firearms registration, stock heap management and traceability of illicit firearms within the country. In late December 2010, Rwanda National Police received a vehicle equipped with tools to mark firearms in the coun
try, provided by the East African Community. The police received arms registration software from the U.N. Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa. This software, which is a database, will assist in the prevention of the illegal brokering and trafficking of weapons. The database registers arms brokers, fee-based individuals or companies that facilitate the transfer of arms from suppliers to buyers for effective control of transfer of weapons. “This is very important to deter, stop, deny and follow up any subversive activity related to SALW,” said Emmanuel Gasana, commissioner general of the police.