September has been selected as the month during which to surrender all illicit firearms.
In a statement released this week, Mr Elhamdi said the AU assembly has decided that anyone who will surrender their unlicensed arms will not be prosecuted because by so doing they will be contributing to the silencing of guns in Africa.
He added that a peaceful, secure and prosperous Africa will result in advancing development of their countries.
He said this is the desire of each country therefore they should all work together for a brighter future of the continent.
The decision for silencing the guns is intended to remove illicit weapons from the hands of civilians and non-state actors.
“Illicit weapons are one of the biggest enemies to peace, security and development, and every effort to get rid of them should be welcomed by every peace-loving individual in our continent,” Mr Elhamdi also said.