Alarm over terror meted out against innocent people by licenced gun holders

The Inspector General of police Hilary Mutyambai

By The Weekly vision team

Kenyans have urged Inspector General of police Hillary Matumbya to review licenses of all gun holders in the wake of a man caught on CCTV drawing a gun and opening fire at a group of men believed to be police officers at a bar on Thika road.

They also appealed to the police to track down and arrest run-away cop killer Caroline Chemutai Kangogo, before she “kills again” They said the crass impunity shown by gun-holders was fanning a lawless culture of “might is right” saying drawing a gun at patrons in a bar to a settle small dispute is a clear case of misuse of a firearm. This is a clear and blatant misuse of a fire-arm and it ought to have been “withdrawn.”

In recent years there have been growing cases of misuse of small arms including one by Embakasi MP Babu Owino who shot a DJ at a nightclub for “failing” to play music of the MP’s choice!

Later the gunman’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta claimed that his “client” had been “provoked” by detectives who tried to seduce his girlfriend. This growing trend was again repeated in Bungoma a day ago when Phanice Chemutai Juma was shot and injured in the abdomen. She was apparently mistaken for Kangogo, the dreaded female police killer still on the run after killing 2 men. Luckily Phanice is recuperating at Kitale County Referral Hospital.

In recent years there have been growing cases of misuse of small arms including one by Embakasi MP Babu Owino who shot a DJ at a nightclub for “failing” to play music of the MP’s choice! In earlier years controversial Butula born HIV/AIDS science researcher of the Kemron infamy Arthur Obel opened fire at a matatu driver for blocking his vehicle along Moi Avenue, his gun was never taken away and luckily the driver survived.

According to the Kenya Human Rights Lobby group, the cases of gun abuse are also related to the growing incidents of extra-judicial killings by police and irate mobs lynching suspects. The police boss was urged to end the culture of “shoot to kill” adopted by police even in situations where suspects have surrendered and pose no threat.

Muhuri said it was concerned about the mysterious disappearances of youth at the coast and young adults who later turn out dead. “Who is killing them? “Pondered a Mr Mohamed Kangethe who added that suspects die with information that could have helped unravel many criminal syndicates.

Yusuf Nzibo of the Kenya human rights watch took a swipe at the Flying squad wing of police for becoming “official top assassins” who appear to be operating above the law!

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