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Kenya
Source
: National Report on the Implementation of the PoA and the ITI, 2010 and 2008 
Date
: 06/05/2011
National Report
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Contact
: Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security
Email
: focal.point@aridland.go.ke
 
 
 
 


National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:


 

 
 
 


National Marking Practices:

Article 7 of the Nairobi Protocol and Cap 1, 1.3 of the Best Practice Guidelines, requires that states in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa, mark all the SALW in state possession at the time of manufacture with a unique marking, providing the name of the manufacturer, the country or place of manufacture and the serial number. The marking should be stamped on the barrel, frame and where applicable on the slide. All small arms and light weapons owned by the state will in addition, be marked with a * (star) preceding the ISO country code for example *KE in the case of Kenya. Countries in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa are required to have marked all state owned small arms and light weapons by the end of this year, 2011 Following the training, the 13 RECSA Member States could successfully conduct the marking of all state-owned SALW as well as establish electronic data bases in their respective countries. On the area of Arm Marking and tracing the KNFP has trained 10 Law Enforcement Agencies in Kenya to facilitate the marking of state owned firearms during month of December 2008 after which 2 marking machines were availed in the month February 2009 and September 2009 respectively. These were issued to the Kenya Police and the Department of Defense to jumpstart the marking process. So far over 16,800 assorted SALW have been marked. Plans are underway to acquire more machines to fastrack the process and finalize it by end of 2011. Further to this computers for storage of data have also been supplied for this process. While the process of marking is slow, it is expected that by the end of 2011, all state owned SALW shall be marked in accordance with the provisions of Nairobi Protocol and the International Tracing Instrument.

Marking at the time of import:

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

Article 1 of the Nairobi Protocol and Cap 1, 1.3 of the Best Practice Guidelines, requires that states in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa, mark all SALW in state possession at the time of manufacture with a unique marking, providing the name of the manufacturer, the country or place of manufacture and the serial number. The marking should be stamped on the barrel, frame and where applicable on the slide. All SALW owned by the state will in addition, be marked with a * (star) preceding the ISO country code for example *KE in the case of Kenya. Countries in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa are required to have marked all state owned small arms and light weapons by the end of this year, 2008. In so far as Kenya is concerned, the marking exercise will commence soon as soon as the marking machines are received from RECSA and should be completed by the end of 2008. The approved method of marking is by stamping.


Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:



 
 
 


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

Kenya already has in place a Central Firearms Bureau (CFB) which currently maintains a register of all SALW in legal non-state possession. However, it is envisaged that as soon as the National Policy on Small Arms and Light Weapons receives Cabinet approval and thereafter passed in Parliament, the Central Firearms Bureau will be given a wider role of also maintaining an electronic database of all state owned SALW, hopefully by the end of 2008. Meanwhile a rigourous recordkeeping system is already in place for state owned SALW. Each disciplined armed service maintains an inventory of firearms held, where the manufacturer’s registration number, type and other identification features are documented. The following minimum information will be included in the new register:- (a) The state department under whose control the firearm is, or in whose safekeeping or legal possession the firearm is in. (b) The type of firearm, specification, make, model, serial number, caliber and any other markings such as engravings, proof marks, country identity marks and other markers on the firearm that can assist in its identification. (c) Particulars of the movement, transfer, sale and destruction of the small arms and light weapons within 30 days of such action.

 
 
 


Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests
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Operational Informaton Exchange:

Needs and Request for Assistance::
The following are the challenges and assistance needs that we may face in our efforts to implement the International Tracing Instrument:- a. International cooperation in the area of tracing the sources of illicit SALW. b. Lack of adequate marking machines and trained personnel to mark both state owned and civilian licensed SALW by the end of 2011. c. Lack of adequate funds for setting up an electronic data base.

Implementation challenges and opportunities:

Kenya took part in a workshop conducted by RECSA for the 12 Member Sates of the Nairobi Protocol from 31st March, to 4th April, 2008 in order to acquaint participants with marking methods and techniques and also facilitate the establishment of electronic data bases. This was aimed at enabling Member States successfully conduct the marking of all state-owned SALW.