Kenya turning into ‘The Wild West’ where guns are used to settle disputes

Jonathan Gachunga killed his wife Philomena Njeri in Kiambu County

By Jackson Kairu in Nairobi

The case of two brothers arrested in Embu by police officers and later found murdered is still under investigations but the incident has sparked off huge protests with residents in the town demanding justice for the two.

The NGO council of Kenya has called on the government to withdraw all firearms held by licensed gun holders to vet them afresh. This comes in the wake of disturbing killings that recently saw a Kiambu tycoon kill his wife of 12 years for alleged infidelity, the man Jonathan Gachunga shot his wife Philomena Njeri dead then turned the gun on himself in a case of double homicide.

NGO council chairman Stephen Cheboi said it is clear the so-called “licenced gun holders” are now a threat to public safety and should hand back the guns to be vetted afresh

In a spate of growing misuse of licenced guns, an irritated man was recently caught on CCTV drawing a pistol and opening fire at revellers in a pub for “harassing” his girlfriend, the victims turned out to be off duty police officers. And in yet another homicide case, a middle-aged lawyer shot and killed his son in Nairobi, a clear case of “misuse of a firearm”.


The two brothers were arrested in Embu and allegedly killed by police officers

In a press statement, NGO council chairman Stephen Cheboi said it is clear the so-called “licenced gun holders” are now a threat to public safety and should hand back the guns to be vetted afresh. Regrettably, it was too late for the Kiambu couple who died in “senseless killings” Even if allegations of infidelity on the part of the woman are true, the killing never solves anything as it’s just but a double loss.

Cheboi said the unfortunate homicide cases in the country are “symptoms of moral decay” that start with “role models” failing to live up to their leadership positions. He said cases like the one where even sitting MP drew a gun and shot a DJ in a pub is a case of “crass impunity of the highest order.”

He said matters are further complicated by the recent murder of two brothers in Embu, both arrested for violating curfew hours, they later turned out dead having been badly torture. This is not acceptable because the two young men died at the hands of police officers.

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