County Commissioner asks residents to surrender illegal guns

Narok County Commissioner (CC), Moffat Kangi has reiterated his earlier call to residents in possession of illegal fire-arms to surrender to the police or risk being arrested.

Speaking in his office on Friday, Kangi said there has been a slow response to his earlier plea in March this year, adding that even those who are licensed gun holders should report to the security machinery.

He said the security team was reviewing the circumstances under which all the firearms in private hands were issued.

Kangi said this was part of the security measures being taken, as the electioneering period draws close, noting that some of the firearms were issued without following due procedures.

“Some the firearm licenses were issued from the Offices of the Officers Commanding Police Divisions (OCPDs), instead of the county security team”, he noted.

“I have received reports in my office that some people are using the guns to scare and threaten their neighbours, when they disagree on small issues”, he said.

Kangi revealed that he was aware that some people were using the guns for illegal poaching, and warned such that their days were numbered.

“Some people have even started letting out their weapons, which is very illegal. Those carrying out illegal trade will be arrested and prosecuted”, he warned.

The CC at the same time sent a stern warning to politicians and inciters during the electioneering period that their days were numbered.

“We cannot have politicians inciting Wananchi against each other for political gain”, He warned.

Narok county is one of the hot beds of politics in the country, pitting several politicians who command strong following among the residents of the area, which tends to spur strong ethnic and clan feelings during the election period.

SOURCE: Kenya News Agency