MURAMVYA March 28th (ABP) – The National Permanent Commission to Combat the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (CNAP) began, in police stations of Muramvya province (center-west) on Monday March 25, an activity of destroying small arms and light weapons recovered either voluntarily, or seized by the police during the searches, said the head of the CNAP provincial branch in Muramvya, Mr. Libere Bigirimana.

That provincial official said that since 2009 until 2018, several weapons and ammunition were recovered in the different communes of Muramvya province. Even awareness sessions, with the help of local partners on the detrimental effects of holding illegal weapons, took place, he said.

The permanent secretary within the CNAP in charge of the control and management of small arms and light weapons (SALW), OPC2 Jean Merius Tinyimana who supervises that activity, indicated that, after the work of destruction of those weapons in the communes of the Muramvya province, people holding the SALW responded to the appeal of the CNAP for the voluntary handover of those weapons, with a view to the total disarmament of the civilians. Any civilian still holding ill-gotten weapons, he warned, no longer has a place in the country, because such weapons must be recovered so that they can be destroyed or exploded, OPC2 Tinyimana insisted.

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