LETHAL

Revoke gun permits of public servants with VIP protection

They have bodyguards 24/7, they don't need to carry weapons

In Summary

• Embakasi East MP Babu was captured in a CCTV footage shooting a DJ at a popular nightclub. 

• Sate should retrain all private-licensed firearm holders on weaponry for not less than six months. 

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino at Kilimani police station.
CLUB SHOOTING: Embakasi East MP Babu Owino at Kilimani police station.
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Firearms can be lethal if carelessly handled.

There have been many incidences where firearms are misused by their licensed holders. The most recent one is an alleged shooting of a city nightclub DJ by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino on Friday.

To minimise such incidences, the government should cancel firearm licences for all public servants such as MPs, CSs, PSs, CASs, judges, magistrates and senior parastatal managers enjoying 24/7 VIP protection. Citizens clearly need protection more than them. 

Alternatively, the government should retrain all private-licensed firearm holders on weaponry for not less than six months and follow up to ensure every gun holder has undergone the full course and has a licence. 

 

Nairobi