NAIROBI, July 30 (NNN-KBC) — The Kenyan government’s programme on registration of illegally acquired firearms across the country kicked off Wednesday in Katilia Division in Turkana County in the northwestern-most corner of the country.

The programme, which was launched by Deputy President William Ruto, is aimed at regulating and monitoring all registered firearms held by individuals.

Leaders, including Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Joseph Nkaisery, Members of Parliament, Members of the County legislative assemblies and members of the provincial administration from Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo and Samburu counties attended the launch.

At the launching, 55 firearms were registered while 10 other firearms were voluntarily surrendered to police on Tuesday night. Those who register their firearms will be allowed to keep the arms with them and will be paid a maintenance fee by the government besides being closely monitored so as not to engage in acts of violence.

They will also be given priority in recruitment to the Kenya Police Reserve (KPR), whose members will receive allowances after Parliament made changes to Police Act.

Ruto urged residents who had yet to surrender their guns for registration to do so before the voluntary period ends.