Police to recall guns from civilians after licencing scam

Chief Licencing Officer Samuel Kimaru addresses a past news conference. Mr Kimaru has issued a new directive to the dealers. FILE PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The criminal ring is believed to have thrived for years until it was discovered late last year. It involves unscrupulous officers who infiltrated the civilian firearms registry, working closely with brokers.
  • Some civilian gun licence holders who fell victim to the syndicate have in recent weeks had their firearms and certificates confiscated when they went for renewal.
  • Unofficial figures seen by the Sunday Nation indicated that licensed firearm holders do not exceed 10,000.

The police plan to recall all firearms owned by civilians for inspection after revelations that a criminal syndicate has been supplying parallel licences by manipulating the security system and bypassing stringent rules.

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