Arms Management Training in Sudan

RECSA continues to strengthen Member States capacity in arms management and control through intensive trainings on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM).
On September, 24-28, RECSA, in close cooperation with BICC and SARCOM, conducted PSSM training for selected participants drawn from the Sudanese armed forces, National police and DDR commission staff. The trainers were drawn from Kenya, Seychelles and Rwanda.
Thirty officials attended the 5 days training which was officially opened by the Minister for internal security Hon. Lt-Gen Hamid MANNAN. On the fourth day a practical training was conducted at the army ordinance division in Khartoum where participants were shown how arms and ammunition are kept in different storage facilities and participants made their recommendations on how the system could be improved.

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Capacity Building: Arms Marking Training of Trainers

On 11th to 15th September, experts from the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) trained selected officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the installation, operation and maintenance of the Couth MC 2000 arms marking machine.
Twenty Selected Participants from the National Police and National Commission on small arms, of whom 6 were female, attended the knowledge transfer sessions.
H.E. Mr. Yves Kisombe, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, graced the closing ceremony and also launched the marking of National Police firearms on 15th September, 2017.

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RECSA has formalized its working partnership with the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) with the Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The MoU signed by the Executive Secretaries Mr. Shimelis Woldesemayat (CISSA) and Mr. Theoneste Mutsindshayaka (RECSA) at the CISSA headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, cements our institutional partnership and sets the stage for implementation of mutually-reinforcing activities.
RECSA and CISSA have a convergence of interests towards peace and security in Africa. Under the MoU, the two institutions will seek to work on:

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Research to Action: RECSA Hosts Dissemination Workshop

On 28th August 2017, RECSA hosted various stakeholders for a dissemination workshop on the findings of three expert studies on the nexus between Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Fragility, Poaching and Cattle rustling in the RECSA region.
The workshop sought to build synergies for multi-faced approaches towards reducing the illegal accumulation, trafficking and misuse of firearms. The meeting also served to build momentum for the integration of security interventions as a critical aspect of human/socio-economic Development in line with the Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies.
The Research Consultant shared a presentation, paving way for honest deliberations on the country-specific findings of the fragility, poaching and cattle rustling studies, including the current situation and key drivers of the problems as well as the recommendations made to address the problems.
The discussions by the delegates culminated to commitments on the following actions:

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Weapons Storage Boxes handed over to Tanzania

RECSA has delivered 150 Steel Arms Boxes to the United Republic of Tanzania to improve the safe storage of firearms and ammunition owned by the government.
The provision of the Arms Boxes is part of RECSA’s efforts to enhance the capacity of Member States’ in the Physical Security and Management of conventional weapons and ammunition. The Steel boxes shall be distributed to various police posts and operational bases with the goal of reducing diversion and loss of government stocks. They also improve accountability and complement arms marking and record-keeping efforts.

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Destruction of obsolete Arms in Kenya

The Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) on 7th July 2017, witnessed the destruction of 13, 417 SALW; owned by the Kenyan government but rendered obsolete/unserviceable, at the GSU Field Training School in Magadi.
The event was graced by the GSU Commandant Mr. Stephen Chelimo (S/AIGP) who represented the chief guest; Mr. Muvea (AIGP) – the Commanding Officer in-charge of the GSU Field Training School in Magadi; the KNFP Director Mr. M. Ochola (AIGP)and the RECSA Director of Administration and Finance Mr. Philip Ouma Awino (CP) who represented the Executive Secretary.

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Mission to DRC on the Implementation of the Nairobi Protocol

A delegation led by the RECSA Executive Secretary, Mr. Théoneste Mutsindashyaka undertook a successful mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo from July 3rd to 5th, 2017; seeking to consolidate gains made in implementing the Nairobi Protocol for the prevention, control and reduction of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and bordering states..
During the visit, the delegation held bilateral talks with the DRC Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs Hon. Basile Olongo, Minister for Defense Hon. Crispin Atama Tabe and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Aggé Matembo.

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Training on Safe Management of Arms in Tanzania

RECSA prioritizes the capacity building of member states to enhance their capacity to secure and maintain their weapons and ammunitions, as obligated under the Nairobi Protocol.

One of the activities under this strategic intervention is the training of Security agents on the Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) of state owned arsenals. The PSSM training responds to the weak capacity among armed units to plan and implement arms management interventions.

The training modules empower participants on methodologies for ensuring that weapons will be operational when needed and that only authorized personnel will have access to them. It also builds capacity for responsible arms management to deter diversion and the risk of unintentional explosions.

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