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Proper vetting of civilian firearm holders needed

16 September 2014, 13:07 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Bungoma County Women representative, Dr Reginalda Wanyonyi has called on the government to vet all civilians before licensing them to be legal firearm holders.

Wanyonyi called on the government to first withdraw all guns in the civilian hands and conduct fresh vetting to avoid incidences of private gun holders misusing their rifles.

"The vetting process will ensure that the licensed gun holders do not use their firearms to commit criminal activities. They should instead use it when their lives are in danger to avoid unwarranted killings," she said.

She further urged the government to thoroughly vet civilians before licensing them to be the gun holders  to avoid incidences where innocent Kenyans are injured or killed at will.

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"The government should sensitize licensed gun holders on how they should conduct themselves when they are wronged by other people. Let the gun holders be of sound mind and conduct themselves with decorum," said Wanyonyi.

Speaking in Bungoma, Wanyonyi blamed the killer of a Kimilili University student who was buried a week ago for using his gun unfairly for the wrong reasons.

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She said Mitch Kibiti, a second year student at Mombasa University College, was shot several times on the head after he differed with the owner of Etonia Club, Hendrix Waswa, who was a licensed gun holder.

Wanyonyi called on the government to vet all people before offering them guns for protection and bar them from misusing them by either threatening or killing those people they believe are their enemies.

Meanwhile, Wanyonyi has castigated the opposition for their demand for a referendum, saying that it was very early for the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to call for a plebiscite yet the constitution has not yet been fully implemented.

"As a woman, you cannot start judging a child you are still giving birth to before the child is out of the womb. Let the child come out of the womb for you to analyze the deformities that he or she has and this applies to our constitution; let us implement it first and then examine its shortcomings," she said.

Wanyonyi disclosed that she does not support the referendum push by the opposition and called on them to drop the issue and stop putting the country in electioneering mood.

She called on all legislators and Kenyans of all walks to support the Jubilee government as it implements its pledges.

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