Governor calls for relocation of military shooting range

Tana River Governor Dhadho Gaddae Godhana has called for the relocation of a shooting range owned by the Kenya Defence Forces in Madogo area.

Dr. Godhana, a retired army major, agreed with locals that the site where soldiers use for shooting practices was too close to residential areas and should be moved to a safer ground.

Over the years local residents have raised concern over the location of the camp saying they feared for their safety since it is too close to Madogo and Mororo Towns.

During a meeting with KDF officials at the site, it was agreed that local leaders in collaboration with the local administration identify an alternative site to allocate to the KDF for their military practices.

In March 2016, the County Assembly of Tana River passed a motion urging the County Governments of Tana River and Garissa to find another location for the facility.

They noted that Madogo town was expanding fast and the facility was a life risk to area residents.

The firing range, a specialized facility designed for firearms practice, is being used by officers from neighbouring Tana River and Garissa County.

Madogo MCA Abdi Ergamso, in a private member’s motion, said the range posed a danger to children as police officers usually forgot live ammunition after practice, which the children mistook for playthings.

Source: Kenya News Agency