The big percentage of the guns is homemade and was seized from poachers who live around National Parks and game reserves. However others end up in the hands of criminals who use them to commit robbery.
Speaking during the ceremony commissioner Kainja said the destruction of firearms exercise is in line with United Nations programme of action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small and light arm
“we are actually demonstrating our commitment towards the implementation of the UN program action on illicit firearms and light weapons, as Malawi we are a member of UN and other instruments which are involved in the control and transfer of illicit firearms and light weapons,” said Kainja.
The police commissioner also expressed gratitude to Center for human rights and rehabilitation and the general public for helping the law enforcers to confiscate illegal firearms through the Police Community programmes.
Similar exercise took place in 2014 where over 3,000 illicit firearms were destroyed.