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    Britain gifts gun storage facilities to Ugandan police

    APA-Kampala (Uganda)

    The British government has donated gun storage facilities to the Uganda Police Force in a bid to curb the abuse of arms and prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

    The equipment worth $20,000 was handed over to the police by a member of the British Peace Support team over the weekend.

    They include 12 gun boxes and 40 gun shelves.

    While handing over the equipment, Phil Figgins, of the British Peace Support Team, said the donation was given in response to the recent issues of the misuse of guns and loss of weapons that have been reported in some security locations in Uganda.

    He said most of the guns or weapons stolen from government installation usually fuel rebellions and armed conflicts.

    Figgins said, apart from supporting the country with storage equipment, the British government is training officers in charge of armories and will also construct fully fledged armories.

    Anthony Nakhaima an official with Uganda’s focal point on small arms and light weapons said welcomed the donation saying safe security and storage is very crucial for fire arms but has been a major challenge in Uganda government security installations.

    Uganda police officers say the donation was timely given the challenges of gun theft that have rocked the country.

    This comes at a time when many police stations and posts in the various parts of the Uganda have been attacked by suspected criminals and some officers taking charge have been killed and guns stolen.

    Some of the stolen guns were believed to have been used by criminals.


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