Political instability in the region is a major factor in the widespread crime culture, Kenyan Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti said, with an estimated 100,000 firearms in circulation.
'We are surrounded by countries which have had problems at one point or another, that is the reality and it must be understood by Kenyans,' he said, referring to Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.
Ready: A soldier patrols the area as the bonfire is prepared
Many of the guns were found in raids on rural communities.
'People living in these areas easily acquire firearms from neighbouring communities, and this is a challenge to the government,' Mr Saitoti said.
Mr Saitoti continued: 'The government has held fruitful discussions with Uganda, and Ethiopia among other neighboring countries and we are optimistic the initiative will yield desired results.'
Up in flames: The weapons are set alight. The metal parts are later melted downThe firearms destroyed yesterday had a value of about £13,000 (1.5million Kenyan shillings) - just £5 per weapon.
'This is a war that calls for concerted effort among members of the International community, governments, private sector, faith-based organisations and law abiding citizens.'. dailymail