Kenya, May 18th, 2022 (CPA).-The Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Interior, Security, Decentralization and Customary Affairs, Daniel Aselo, is leading an urgent mission to Nairobi, Kenya, aimed at taking stock of the security situation in the Great Lakes region, the Horn of Africa and neighboring States within the framework of the “Regional Center on Small Arms” (RECSA). This meeting aims to combine national and regional efforts in compliance with international legal instruments, particularly with a view to combating illicit arms trafficking in Africa.
It must be said that the DR Congo assumes the presidency of this regional organization which includes within it 15 member states including the DRC, Congo-Brazza, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti, Seychelles, Kenya, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea. It is a question of ensuring, in this part of Africa, a good control of the circulation of weapons and transfers as well as the traceability of all the weapons circulating in the region, with a view to systematically reducing armed violence.
The members of the regional organization in the middle of a working session at the end of this work
It was decided to convene urgently, between the months of June and July 2022 in Kinshasa, the work of the 10th meeting of the Council of 15 Ministers of the Interior of the member countries, under the DRC Presidency. It will be a question; we are informed, of resolving the thorny problems of illicit arms trafficking, illegal transfers of arms to unauthorized actors, armed violence by illegal groups, artisanal manufacture of arms, of the legislation of the Member States on weapons as well as the embargo on arms deplored in certain States. In this mission,
Lawyer Daniel Aselo was accompanied by Colonel Patrick Kombe Katambwe, president of the RECSA technical and advisory committee and permanent secretary of the national commission for the control of small arms and light weapons, and the reduction of armed violence. (CNC-ALPC) and some members of his cabinet.
To date, the DRC has accumulated arrears in the payment of contributions of more than $900,000 on behalf of RECSA. She will have to pass the torch of command to Kenya at the next meeting in Kinshasa.