The Firearm Licensing Board has revoked the licences of MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) with quick impact, amid a crackdown on politicians who fanned violence throughout by-elections on March 5.
A March 5 assertion, signed by board chair Charles Mukindia, mentioned the choice adopted directions from Inspector-Normal of Police Hillary Mutyambai and an evaluation of circumstances of misconduct.
The 2 lawmakers have been ordered to “give up firearm certificates and firearms, together with all ammunition, of their possession to the board or the closest police station inside 24 hours”.
“Failure to conform will entice authorized sanctions by the enforcement company,” the chair warned.
He added that the board will proceed monitoring circumstances of the misuse of weapons by licensed holders and take applicable actions.
The Nation has study that regional police commanders from Western and Rift Valley have been instructed to hint politicians accused of fanning the chaos and violence in the course of the by-elections and confiscate their weapons.
The Nation has additionally learnt that bodyguards assigned to the affected politicians didn’t report back to work on Saturday morning, creating fears that their safety could have been withdrawn.
“My bodyguard didn’t report back to work this morning,” Mr Barasa advised the Nation.
“He advised me he had been ordered by his superiors within the Nationwide Police Service to report again for redeployment. My pistol too has been confiscated by the State.”
This got here hours after Inside Cupboard Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i introduced a call on Friday to cancel licences of these suspected of perpetrating political violence.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has additionally been affected.
He mentioned the transfer by State businesses “to arbitrarily withdraw our safety and licensed firearms is unlawful and unconstitutional, particularly to leaders allied to Ruto”.
Along with Mr Barasa, Mr Kapondi and Mr Cherargei, the State additionally confiscated weapons belonging to Belgut MP Nelson Koech and Chesumei’s Wilson Kogo.
The Ruto allies have been on Friday charged in reference to the violence in Kabuchai Constituency and launched on Sh50,000 money bail every.
Additionally in hassle over the violence in Kabuchai are nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, Mr Kapondi and Lungalunga MP Khatib Mwashetani.
Ms Omanga’s safety was withdrawn whereas we couldn’t set up the destiny of the opposite three as we couldn’t attain them.
“My private safety has been withdrawn. No clarification [has been] given,” Ms Omanga mentioned on her social media platforms.
“I frown upon this transfer and demand that my safety, which I am entitled to as a member of Parliament, be reinstated by the State. I’m, nevertheless, not frightened as a result of my safety is God and the folks. I stay sturdy.”
It’s understood that the variety of MPs focused within the crackdown might be greater.
Police bosses from Western and Rift areas remained tight lipped on the matter.
“I’ve simply arrived from Mararal so I would not learn about what you’re saying,” mentioned Rift Valley Regional Police Commander Marcus Ocholla.
“You ask the police spokesman about such points, not me,” mentioned Western Regional Police Commander Peris Kimani.
The withdrawal of safety and firearms from MPs shouldn’t be new.
In 2018, the State withdrew the safety element assigned to quite a lot of Nationwide Tremendous Alliance (Nasa) leaders after ODM chief Raila Odinga’s swearing-in because the “folks’s president”.
In April 2019, the State withdrew safety assigned to Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri and the then Kiambu Governor Ferdinard Waititu.
The Nationwide Police Service mentioned on the time that the transfer was in step with a routine restructuring of VIP safety.