Campaign to recover illegal firearms begins to yield fruit
A diplomatic campaign to recover illegally held firearms in Tana River County has started bearing fruit, the latest being voluntary surrender of three rifles in Waldena location.
The County Security and Intelligence Committee has so far recovered at least 20 firearms since the programme started last year, according to Tana River County Commissioner, Isaiah Nakoru.
On Wednesday, Mr. Nakoru led the team to remote Titila Sub-location where they received two AK47 and one G3 rifles voluntarily surrendered by three locals.
The other committee members were County Police Commander, Walter Aliwa, County Administration Police Commander, Mark Kirwa, Tana River Deputy County Commissioner, Michael Kioni and representatives of the Criminal Investigation Department and the National Intelligence Service among others.
Addressing the residents at the Titila Assistant Chief’s home, Mr. Nakoru said the government had recovered nine firearms in Tana North and six firearms in Tana River Sub- counties.
He said the residents who surrendered their firearms would be enlisted as National Police Reservists (formerly known as the Kenya Police Reservists) as they had shown that they were good citizens who could be relied upon.
Nakoru called on others still keeping unlicensed firearms to immediately surrender them to the authorities so they could be registered.
“I know there are still very many firearms being held by civilians in this county. I urge those keeping them to bring them for registration because it is illegal to keep them without licenses,” he said.
He said the government was still looking for ten government firearms stolen from police officers at Kilelengwani village during the 2012 clashes between the Ormas and the Pokomos.
“Those who do not surrender them will have to be subjected to a stinging disarmament operation, and you would not like that to happen to you, do you?” he posed.
The Administrator said the government had provided enough security to residents and that there was no need for them to arm themselves any more.
I know you bought those firearms to protect yourselves, but now the government has provided enough security personnel and you no longer need to arm yourselves,” he said.
By Emmanuel Masha