Ethiopia is seeking to control firearms which, according to the government, have been threatening the peace and security of the nation, according to the Council of Ministers on Saturday April 6th.
A bill will be drafted by the office of the attorney general, and will aim to effectively maintain peace and security, and apply international conventions which Ethiopia has ratified to combat illicit movement of firearms.
The justification of the bill includes the need for the government to maintain peace and security, and protect the rights of the public. There is a need for a proper law that can help the country to collaborate with the rest of the world in the fight over arms trafficking, and financing, as well as to stop cross border illegal movement of destructive weapons.
Following the new political reform introduced by prime minister Abiy Ahmed in April 2, 2018, the Ethiopian police have reported the capture of thousands of pistols, machines guns and hundreds and thousands of bullets as well as explosives. Most of these weapons were captured while smuggled from Sudan into the capital, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia’s border with the Sudan is often mentioned as one of the major routes for people engaged in illegal arms trade, while most of the pistols captured so far were reportedly Turkish made.
After making some amendments, the Council referred the draft bill to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) for approval, according to a statement issued by the office of the prime minister.