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Parliamentary committee supports Matiangi’s order to revoke firearm licenses

The National Assembly Committee on security has thrown its weight behind Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’s directive to revoke gun licenses of politicians misusing them.

On Friday, the CS said the violence witnessed during Thursday’s by-elections in Kabuchai, Matungu and Nakuru was unacceptable.

During Thursday’s by-elections, former Sports CS Rashid Echesa was caught on camera slapping an election official while Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala’s bodyguard was arrested for shooting a resident.

Matiangi said apart from withdrawal of firearms, the government will invoke Chapter 6 of the Constitution, and state officials will be going to court themselves to clear any politician involved in violence to be declared unfit for any Public Office.

Speaking in Garissa during an inspection tour of the Garissa station and the police training college compound, the committee chairman Paul Koinange said that they are support of the CS noting that the directive ‘was good for the country’s security.

Koinange regretted that at the scenes witnessed in the recently concluded by elections where chaos reigned in and outside polling stations.

The chair said those licensed to carry guns should be responsible and not use the same to threaten the common mwananchi.

Koinange who was accompanied by MPs Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Oki Kaunya (Teso North), and Omar Shurie (Balambala) said that they would recommend additional police stations, vehicles, and personnel.

Source: KNA

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