In Summary
  • The minister said the procedures instituted last year in acquisition and holding of firearms by civilians will continue this year to ensure only those properly vetted acquire them.

  • At the same time, the CS announced that the war on drugs and organized crime will be intensified this year.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has suspended issuing of licences to firearm dealers in the country.

Dr Matiang'i on Wednesday said the suspension follows the crackdown on illegal firearm dealers and holders that started last year.

Speaking during a security meeting in Mombasa, where he met all regional and county security bosses, Dr Matiang'i said the suspension would stay in place until a report on their crackdown is released and then matter reviewed by the Nation Security Council.

ILLEGAL FIREARMS

"We had 33 dealers and we have managed to narrow them down to 15. We shall continue to mop up all the illegal operators and those who own firearms illegally," said Dr Matiang'i.

He said in the operation launched last year, the government has managed to destroy, 8628 illegal firearms and 370,000 ammunitions.

The minister said the procedures instituted last year in acquisition and holding of firearms by civilians will continue this year to ensure only those properly vetted acquire them.

At the same time, the CS announced that the war on drugs and organized crime will be intensified this year.

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