Kindiki: Police looking for 23 firearms in three Karen homes
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki says an operation is underway to recover 23 firearms in three homesteads in Karen, Nairobi.
The CS claims some of the firearms are suspected to have been used in illegal activities.
“Security intelligence information has established that some of the weapons, including firearms and crude weapons which have been used to fuel violence during violent riots that have been experienced in the country in the past few weeks are supplied by a wide network of civilian firearm holders and leaders of known criminal gangs,” Kindiki said.
“These civilian firearms and crude weapons are credibly suspected to have been used to harm law enforcement personnel and civilians alike during the violence that has been experienced recently.”
He noted that law enforcement agencies have rolled a nationwide operation to “control and management of civilian firearm holders to ensure that those licensed to possess weapons abide by the relevant laws.”
“While the Police have intensified their crackdown on the criminal gang leaders who have been commanding criminals to reign terror on the public, the law enforcement agencies have rolled a nationwide operation, pursuant to their mandate of regulation, control and management of civilian firearm holders to ensure that those licensed to possess weapons abide by the relevant laws,” he said.
Kindiki said a prime suspect was arrested on July 19 while preparing to distribute a large number of weapons to facilitate criminals to inflict violence on the public during the last three days of Azimio anti-government protests.
Kindiki said the suspect was found in possession of 14 machetes, 24 swords, 46 rungus, and over 300 sachets of assorted narcotic drugs, including cannabis sativa and cocaine.
“Also found with him, were documents describing the distribution of Ksh.42M across 11 Counties in Nairobi, Central and Rift Valley regions,” the CS said.
Kindiki’s statement comes barely two hours after retired President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that his eldest son’s Karen home was invaded by men purporting to be detectives.
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