Speaking to Burundian National Radio, the chairman of the National Disarmament Commission (CNAP), Police Commission Laurent Kabura, said that he is “not satisfied with the number of arms voluntarily handed over or seized” from citizens who were illegally keeping them.
Kabura indicated that there were two types of handing over arms illegally kept by civilians.
According to him, the first type was a “voluntary” handover of arms.
He said that the Burundian National Disarmament Commission (CNAP) notably collected 23 assault guns, four pistols, 18 grenades, 51 chargers and 1556 cartridges.
In the second category that consisted of throwing arms in the bush or in crop plantations or else weapons seized in arms search operations, Kabura indicated that police agents collected six team weapons, 73 assault guns, six pistols, 97 grenades, two rockets, two bombs, 86 chargers and 3315 cartridges.
During the one-month period given for the handover of arms illegally kept, Kabura indicated that in total, six team weapons, 96 assault guns, ten pistols, 115 grenades, two bombs, two rockets, 137 chargers and 4871 cartridges were collected.
He added that the commission will continue to explain the danger of illegally keeping arms in homes and to request people to handover them voluntarily.
Kabura indicated that collected arms will be destroyed.
He warned that the law of Aug. 28, 2009 providing sanctions against people illegally keeping arms is going to be implemented as the “pardon period” has expired. Enditem