President Uhuru Kenyatta has offered jobs to Kenyans making illegal homemade guns at the country’s first small arms factory in Ruiru, Kiambu County.
The Head of State spoke on Wednesday, 9th June, during the destruction of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.
A majority of the illegal firearms were voluntarily surrendered by the public who heeded a government amnesty, and through the diligence of security agencies.
“This is to those making illegal guns. Come we make legal money and jobs. Come forward and declare you can make a gun and you will get a job. Don’t wait for police to come for you,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
The President was accompanied by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and other senior government officials.
The destruction of these firearms is in line with the government’s efforts to discourage the manufacture, sale, and use of illegal firearms, which are a big source of insecurity.
This comes a day after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i revealed that the National Police Service (NPS) had managed to recover 14,000 illegal firearms and 400,000 bullets in the last tw years.
In 2019, President Kenyatta presided over the destruction of 8,700 illegal firearms and 366,000 pieces of assorted ammunition at the General Service Unit (GSU) Magadi Field Training Campus in Kajiado County