Kenya: East African Community passes bill to prevent gun trafficking

The Legislative Assembly of the East African Community (EAC) have passed an amendment to the East African Community Customs Management Act that highlights the need for more cooperation and information sharing between authorities in the region to help prevent gun trafficking. Mr. Abdul Karim Harelimana of the Assembly’s Committee on Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution said this could help East African economies as, “Indirectly, a lot of economic losses we make annually due to insecurity will be curtailed”. A recent report by the Stimson Center and the Stanley Foundation points to the effects of gun proliferation on economies in the region. According to the authors, “Gun violence and SALW trafficking in Eastern Africa have had profound impacts on national development prospects”.