The Moyale Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Patrick Mumali has ordered communities in the area to surrender illegal firearms arguing that they threaten security.
He said that the government has granted an amnesty from September 1 to September 30for the surrender of the weapons and warned that failure the government will take stern action.
Mumali who was speaking during a leaders meeting and other stakeholders to address emerging issues at the ACK St. Paul’s Hall said that the government will not take insecurity for granted, adding that it was closely monitoring the situation in the sub county.
We only recovered three firearms in Manyatta Burji after the 2013/14 tribal skirmishes and those ones were not voluntarily surrendered yet we know very well that there are many other unlawfully owned weapons within Moyale sub-county, Mumali said.
He said according to the statistics by the UNDP there were between 68,000 to 700,000 illegal firearms in the whole republic compared to Uganda which has approximately 19,000 only.
Mumali said more often gun shots have been heard in the outskirts of Moyale town and warned that if not surrendered the government shall forcefully come for them.
Leaders led by the former Butiye/Bori ward Member of the county assembly, Golicha Galgalo however, appealed for recruitment of Kenya Police Reservists to replace those withdrawn and their guns repossessed by the government during the 2013/14 tribal crashes.
The meeting was also attended by among others the Moyale branch Chairman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Alinur Muumin who appealed to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy to address electricity outages.
He said many small business owners have been forced to close businesses following surging power problems for the last eight months.
Source: Kenya News Agency