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Over sight activity to assess the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol for the Prevention, Control, and Reduction of Small Arms and Light weapons in the Great Lakes region and the horn of Africa
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Over sight activity to assess the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol for the Prevention, Control, and Reduction of Small Arms and Light weapons in the Great Lakes region and the horn of Africa
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The assessment was being carried out by The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) which is one of the seven organs of East Africa Community. Under the provision of Article 49 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, it is mandated to exercise Legislative, Oversight and Representation functions on all matters within the scope of the EAC. To achieve high standards in its performance, EALA undertakes its oversight role on EAC Projects and Programs through meetings, studies, workshops; tours, on spot assessment activities.  

The EAC vision which envisages “a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa”. Has to ensure regional stability which can be achieved if integration is deepen and widen.  

The rapid increase in illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons presents a direct threat to the development of the East African region and the African Continent as a whole. The easy availability and movability of SALW continue to escalate armed conflicts, transboundary crimes, sustained poaching and cattle rustling abet with terrorism and other serious crimes in the EAC region.

Although the SALW is a global issue, East African people continue to suffer from arms that are in the wrong hands. The Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa are recognized to be parts of the world severely affected by these weapons. To this end, international, regional and national instruments have been enacted to halt the escalation of SALW and monitor their transfer and use.

At the regional level the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda signed the Nairobi declaration on the problem of proliferation of illicit SALW in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa in March 2000, in recognition of the problems caused by Small Arms that escalate conflicts and undermine human and State security. 

 The Committee of Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution conducted an oversight activity to assess the implementation of the Nairobi protocol for the prevention, control and reduction of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa from 27th -30th September 2021 in the Partner States.

The objectives were to assess the impact of SALW on the security in East Africa; the extent at which the Nairobi Protocol has been implemented; the challenges faced while implementing the Nairobi Protocol and how they have been addressed and give recommendations to the Council of Ministers on measure to be undertaken to address effectively and efficiently the challenge of Small Arms and light weapons in order to ensure a complete and lasting stability in EAC region. 

 The Regional Centre of Small Arms and light Weapon (RECSA)was invited in the workshop to share on the implementation of Nairobi protocol and the Regional perspective. 

RECSA’s staff during the presentation……

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On Monday 15/11/2021,The RECSA ES made a speech during the opening ceremony of the Weapons and Arms Management training workshop in the Republic of Burundi. The Minister of Interior, Security and community development graced the event. Also present was the President of CNAP.

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1/4 Today RECSA in partnership with MSAG & BICC opened a regional training for LEAs & the military on Physical Security & Stockpile Mgt (PSSM).The course will run from 11-15 Oct & selected best participants will continue with 1 week ToT program to produce future PSSM instructors.

RECSA Executive Secretary's Statement during the #UNSC Meeting addressing the threat posed by the illicit flow of #SALW in the context of Peace Operations.
https://recsasec.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FINAL-RECSA-ES-UNSC-STATEMENT-A4.pdf

1/2 RECSA ES stated that before deployment of Peace Keepers the UN should be able to know the source of illicit weapons hence the missions should include undertaking interventions aimed at cutting off the source of the illicit Fire Arms.

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