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Pastors, MCAs' demands for firearms will promote insecurity

19 January 2015, 09:53 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Issuing firearms to pastors and members of County Assemblies (MCAs) will increase insecurity in the country, Kandara MP Esther Wahome has said.

Wahome raised concerns that the firearms might end up being abused.

“Solution to insecurity is not providing everyone with a firearm as many may end up misusing the weapons but to increase the number of the security personnel to the international recommendations,” said Wahome.

She stated that if a motion seeking to approve provision of firearms to pastors and other groups is presented in the House, it would not sail through.

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“The matter of ensuring security should be left to the relevant bodies and individuals are only needed to provide information concerning insecurity to police,” said the MP who is also a member of the security committee in the national assembly.

In regard to the appointment of Joseph Boinnet as the new Inspector General of Police, the MP stated that the security committee should be given adequate time to vet the nominee before recommending him to the Parliament.

“Boinnet is young and energetic. Those opposed to his appointment should give him a chance to serve first,” she stated.

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