Rwanda revises law on possession of firearms
Written by: George Kalisa
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018, 5:23
Rwanda’s Justice Minister, Justice Johnson Busingye has said today during a press conference called to clear the air on firearms law currently under revision that it seeks to fix issues in order to harmonise with the Constitution of Rwanda following the amendment in 2015. The draft law had attracted huge criticism across the country.
“There is a misunderstanding. It's been legal to possess firearms since 2009.That is how private security firms apply to possess them on duty. We are fixing issues in scope, regulation and control in the law. Individual possession will always be strictly controlled,” said Justice Busingye.
Justice Busingye said: “Among the new revised laws include the Law relating to Arms which has been in place since 1979 revised in 2009 and 2018 to harmonise with penal code and the constitution” said Justice Busingye.
“The reforms have been initiated to harmonise with the Constitution of Rwanda as revised in 2015,” Justice Busingye added.
The move has attracted mixed reactions from a cross-section of independent thinkers.
Dr. Christopher Kayumba, a media Consultant said: Why should ordinary Rwandans want to own guns? Guns belong to specialized organizations like the military & police as well as trained people that protect us like soldiers & individuals in security services not ordinary citizens! This law isn't driven by our reality or history”
“Someone tell me this whole guns issue had been misunderstood. Tell me the officials being quoted in the press have been misquoted. Tell me the intention is not to make it easy for ordinary citizens to own guns,” said Eugene Anangwe, a celebrated media personality in a reaction through a tweet.