Kenya: Illicit ammunition fuels violence

A new cache of 30,000 bullets was seized by police in Narok, a town on the outskirts of Nairobi (Kenya) on 1 February 2010. The ammunition was found at the home of a man already facing charges for illegally possessing 100,000 rounds of ammunition, which were manufactured by a government-owned factory. Over the past months, allegations have been made about state ammunition finding its way into civilian hands. Camlus Omogo from IKV Pax Christi, an IANSA member in Nairobi, said: “This revelation brings to the fore questions as to how secure is the factory, including how the bullets are distributed to the armed forces. It seems there is weakness in the control of the production and distribution or there might be cases of corruption within the factory.”