Malawi is proposing that the African Union-AU Commission should control imports, circulation and availability of guns to combat conflicts in African countries.
President Lazarus Chakwera made the proposal on Saturday during the virtual 14th extraordinary session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government on silencing the guns.
According to Chakwera, peace, safety, and security are a prerequisite for the attainment of socio-economic development.
The Malawi leader therefore said the pockets of violence and armed conflict that persist in parts of Africa are a threat to collective prosperity.
“Malawi calls on the international community to work closely with African States, the AU and RECs to eradicate conditions that germinate the seeds of violence. This should be done by, among other means, supporting the AU’s and RECs’ peace building efforts, as well as stopping weapons flows to the continent,” Chakwera appeals.
He also supports the extension of mandate of the Amnesty Month for a period of ten years to 2030 and urges countries with peacekeeping missions to integrate their national disarmament processes within the UN’s Rule of Law on voluntary disarmament.
He believes this will eventually ensure the safety of those surrendering arms, thereby improving the sustainability of the intervention, saying civilians will only respond to a call for voluntary disarmament if they are given national guarantees.