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MP calls for disarmament of illegal arms holders

19 August 2014, 16:20 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Mt Elgon MP, John Serut has asked the government to conduct an operation in his constituency to repossess illegal firearms following an increase in criminal activities by gunmen.

Serut said forceful disarmament of people owning guns illegally in his constituency is the only way to reduce crime rates like robbery with violence that have been on an upward scale lately.

“The guns in the hands of a section of the public illegally should be repossessed by security agents immediately. The gun owners who are terrorizing my constituents should be brought to book. No armed criminal should be spared,” Serut said Monday, after condoling with the family of a businessman who was shot dead together with his wife on Sunday night by unknown gunmen in Tuikut market.

He said the armed criminals are causing unnecessary tension in the constituency, which he said has been relatively calm after undergoing upheavals following the Sabaot Land Defense Forces (SLDF) militia instigated violence  that rocked the region between  2006-2008.

“These criminal elements should be stopped in their tracks before they do greater harm. They should be disarmed immediately. We do not want a resurgence of what happened in the region during the reign of the militiamen,” said Serut. 

The couple was killed at their shop in Tuikut Shopping centre a few minutes to midnight on Sunday by thugs who robbed them an unspecified sum of money and two mobile phones.

The incident comes hardly a week after another prominent businessman, Victor Wanyonyi was gunned down in Sirisia Market, which is not more than 10 kilometers away.

The fatal attack on Wanyonyi, who was the chairman of traders at Sirisia market, took place four days after the shooting of Peter Walubengo, 32, another businessman at his Namakhele shop in the same Sirisia Constituency in a botched robbery. Walubengo is nursing gunshot wounds after he was shot on the foot and thigh.

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