By Obegi Malack
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the government will offer jobs to illegal gunmakers in Kenya.
The head of state said the individuals will be allowed to use their skills the right way at the government small weapons facility in Ruiru.
The president was speaking after burning 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre (RPTTC) in Ngong Kajiado County.
A majority of the illegal firearms were voluntarily surrendered by the members of the public who heeded Government amnesty offers, security agencies also played a key role in ensuring the weapons are surrendered.
The president said the government is committed to the fight against illegal arms and weapons, he commended security agencies and religious leaders for ensuring such arms are surrendered.
“I call upon all our citizens who may be in possession of illegal firearms to submit them to our authorities under cover of amnesty for illegal possession of firearms. Those engaged in making these guns for criminals, come let us use the skills to make legal weapons,” he said.
Uhuru noted that illegal weapons have to be collected to rebuild peace in communities.
He encouraged the Ministry of Education to work with parents to ensure there is a 100% transition from primary to secondary these will lead to people abandoning negative cultural traditions and be provided with the necessary skills to be productive.