In Summary
  • The student of Orero Secondary School was found with a pistol on Tuesday evening after his colleagues raised the alarm when he pointed it at them.

  • The minor is currently held at Homa Bay Police Station while the gun is in safe custody at Rangwe Police Station.

  • The student revealed to the investigators that he had obtained the firearm from a relative who lived in the United States but is now a director at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University.

A Form Four student in Homa Bay County has shocked many after he was found with a gun in school. The young man was arrested for pointing the weapon at his schoolmates.

The incident comes days after another student was charged with setting a dormitory on fire at Moi Girls School, Nairobi, killing nine students.

The 17-year-old Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidate was arraigned in a Homa Bay court on a charge of holding a gun illegally.

The student of Orero Secondary School was found with a pistol on Tuesday evening after his colleagues raised the alarm when he pointed it at them.

Homa Bay Senior Principal Magistrate Susan Ndegwa, however, deferred the plea taking to Thursday after the prosecution asked for more time to enable an age assessment to be conducted on the student.

STAND TRIAL

Valarie Ongeti, the prosecutor, said age assessment should be carried out to establish whether the student is fit to stand trial.

According to the charge sheet presented in court, the minor was charged with illegal possession of a HK45 pistol whose serial number is 25094705, in contravention of section 34(1) of the Firearms Act.

The minor is currently held at Homa Bay Police Station while the gun is in safe custody at Rangwe Police Station.

Homa Bay OCPD Esau Ochorokodi told journalists that the student was pointing the firearm at his colleagues before the school administration was alerted.

Mr Ochorokodi said the student at first denied he was in possession of the gun but, after a two-hour interrogation by police, he led the officers to the bush where he had hidden the weapon.

WEAPON

“The student hid the weapon outside the dormitory and he would only retrieve it when he wanted to coerce his colleagues to submit to his demands,” said Mr Ochorokodi.

Upon examination of the pistol, the officers found that it is rarely used in the country, prompting questions on how the student obtained it.

The investigators told the Nation that the pistol is an American type.

The student revealed to the investigators that he had obtained the firearm from a relative who lived in the United States but is now a director at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University.

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