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Brokering Control


United Republic of Tanzania
: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA and the ITI, 2010 and 2008 
: 06/05/2011
National Report
: Dominic Hayuma – SACP, National Focal Point Coordinator
: dhayuma@hotmail.com

National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:



National Marking Practices:

Marking at the time of import:

Marking of SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces:

The Republic of Tanzania Continues to mark its firearms in order to meet the requirements of the International and regional instruments. We started marking weapon belonging to the Tanzanian Police Force, and up to now we have marked about 2400 weapons and the exercise is also on going. The problem we have is that we have two marking machine that are to be used also to mark other weapons belonging to individuals and other paramilitary institutions.

Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:


Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW within their territory:

The United Republic of Tanzania has more than 93,500 civilian owned firearms. The records were manually maintained since independence. In order to have an up to date records we started feeding the records in a computerized database since 2006. Up to now we have captured about 61,000 out of 93,500 and exercise is ongoing. The United Republic of Tanzania is in fact re-register all civilian-owned firearms to ensure the accuracy of the records. The re-registration was due to the following facts: (i) There was no physical check up of civilian owned firearms since Tanzania got her independence in 1961. (ii) The manual firearms records were not accurately captured. (iii) Technicalities of manual database and retrieval of information. (iv) Addition of firearm particulars left out during former registration. (v) Need for computerization of firearms database. As well as civilian owned firearms we have also documented firearms owned by various financial and government institutions, namely: the Bank of Tanzania, the Wildlife department, the Tanzania National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests

Operational Informaton Exchange:

Cross-border operations, regional co-operation and information sharing in the area of Great Lakes and Horn of Africa and in SADC Countries.

Needs and Request for Assistance::
Currently we have a firearms database only for civilian owned firearms. There is a need to have another big server and other computers (PCS) that can also accommodate state-owned firearms. The additional marking machines and a van to carry the same will assist the continuing exercise of marking of SALW in the United Republic of Tanzania.

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

We have not completed computerization of our SALW database and for that reason we have not achieved much in the implementation of the international tracing instrument. However, district firearms officers have received training at GTZ-funded workshops in various issues related to illicit small arms and light weapons particularly on: brokering; marking; end–use certificates; information gathering; cross-border operations; firearm offences, investigations and prosecution. When funds are available we intend to record other owned weapons in such areas as security guards companies, the Forestry department, Fisheries and local governments.