President Uhuru Kenyatta offered jobs to Kenyans making illegal homemade guns at the country's first small arms factory in Ruiru, Kiambu County.
He made the offer on Wednesday during the destruction of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.
"A majority of the illegal firearms were voluntarily surrendered by the public who heeded Government amnesty offers, and through the diligence of Kenya's security agencies," a statement from State House read.
The exercise comes a day after Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i revealed that the National Police Service (NPS) managed to recover 14,000 illegal firearms and 400,000 bullets recovered in the last 2 years.
Speaking during the launch of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) excellence charter and SOP on investigation and prosecution of serious human rights violations committed by Police Officers, Matiang’I noted that the recovery of the illegal farms was a key step towards ending crime.
He called on members of the public to be alert and inform police of any suspicious occurrences in their neighbourhoods, adding that it is the only way to put an end to crime.
Dr Matiang’i also acknowledged the great strides that the DPP has made in taking ODPP to another level of operation in the justice sector.
The ODPP excellence charter is expected to be a game-changer in the criminal justice sector as it endeavours to enhance service delivery to all Kenyans.
The announcement on recovery of the guns and ammunition comes at a time when cases of crime have been on the rise across the country, where victims have either been strangled or shot dead.
A few weeks ago, Citizen TV published an exposé detailing how criminals allegedly get guns from law enforcement officers and use them for illegal purposes.
In the expose, it was revealed that one can acquire a gun with as low as Sh 5,000. However, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti dismissed the findings from expose noting that the guns did not belong to the police service.