Illicit small arms in Africa

Police have traced the source of the bullets used by a criminal gang, to a government armory in Nairobi. It seems there is weakness in the control of the production and distribution of the government-owned Kenya Ordinance Factory Corporation, or there might be cases of corruption within the factory.


The Russian newspaper Vremya Novostei reported that a Ukrainian weapons company has been shipping arms to rebels fighting in Darfur, with the assistance of intermediaries through the territory of Eritrea. The report adds that small arms and ammunition were also delivered to the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) through a private company registered in an offshore zone. If true, this would be a violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, which prohibited the sale or supply of arms and military equipment to all warring parties in Darfur.


In 2008 Somali pirates hijacked a Ukrainian ship carrying 33 Soviet-era T-72 tanks and other weapons. Its seizure drew international attention. In 2009, a Ukrainian plane, loaded with ammunition, allegedly heading for the militants in the Niger Delta, was detained in Nigeria.


Last year China sold Sudan an unknown number of WS-2 multi-launch rocket systems. This is the first time this system has been exported by China to any country.

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