The Regional Centre on Small Arms and light weapons (RECSA) in support of United States Government through State Department of Political Military and weapons removal officially handed over 48 Gun Racks to Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) on 9 May 2018.
The handover ceremony of 48 gun racks fabricated by RDF Engineering Brigade was presided over by Lt Gen Jacques MUSEMAKWELI the Army Chief of Staff at Engineering Bde Headquarters, Rebero in Kicukiro District. One gun rack has the capacity of storing 44 guns.
The Army Chief of Staff thanked the existing good cooperation and commitment between the RDF and RECSA. He further reiterated the commitment of the Government of Rwanda on the implementation of Nairobi Protocol for prevention, control and reduction of small Arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa.
He noted that the Gun Racks Project will enhance safety and accountability on stockpile management within our institution, the RDF.
“You should agree with me that poor stockpile management leads to poor control of arms which at the end may result into proliferation of small arms”, Gen Musemakweli said.
The Executive Secretary of RECSA Mr. Theoneste MUTSINDASHYAKA commended the efforts of the Government of Rwanda and continuous support to RECSA Secretariat to meet its obligation on the control and prevention of small and light weapons.
“The Gun racks project will support the RDF’s efforts to enhance safe and proper storage of Arms”, Mr Mutsindashyaka said.
He further revealed that the RECSA funded the Gun racks project with Fifty four thousand five hundred and seventy six US dollar ($ 54,576). He concluded his remarks by commending Engineering Bde for their work well done.
Col Faustin Kalisa, the Engineering Bde Commander commended the existing partnership between the RDF and RECSA. He disclosed that 48 gun racks will offer a safe storage for 1994 guns including 1554 AK47 sub machine guns and 440 Medium Machine Guns.
The Bde Commander also noted that the cost for making the gun racks would have been higher if they were to be out-sourced.