Gun prices in Mogadishu drop as new trainee soldiers Graduate
Mogadishu (Harar24) – It has become the norm in the Somali capital that whenever new recruits from the Somali National Army graduate, a sudden price drop in the weapons market is noticed.
Arms dealers who deal in Mogadishu’s gun markets said the prices of the AK-47 was as low as $900 dollars this morning, a big drop from last week’s price of $1400.
It’s speculated that the new trainees have been selling their weapons to weapon dealers in the black market.
According to many residents in the capital city of Mogadishu, the price drop of weapons is directly linked to the recent distribution of new weapons amongst newly trained soldiers in the Somali government.
This however is not a new phenomenon, as many residents also testify that AMISOM soldiers are equally guilty of also selling guns and ammunitions in the black market.
It was last year when at least eighteen top Ugandan officers were charged with corruption related crimes in Somalia, such as selling rations and food belonging to the troops.