Police are afraid of Sonko, Arachi admits
09 January 2015, 12:58
Nairobi - Policemen are afraid of Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko, acting Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi has admitted.
Arachi admitted so after the incident in which Sonko's bodyguards openly showed off their high octane fire-arms to members of the public at the Lee Funeral home in Nairobi Wednesday.
According to Arachi, it is illegal to show a firearm in public unless you are a police officer or unless there is need to do so, for example a security operation or obvious threat.
Sonko's bodyguards were in none of the above named situations.
Arachi says that police officers who were at the scene should have quickly arrested the bodyguards for their unnecessary show of might, but also feels that the Senator has a fear factor associated with him.
" What happened there was illegal and should not have been condoned," Arachi told News24.
" There were police officers at the scene who should have taken action immediately that happened but they did not. I guess they fear the Senator Sonko, that could be the only reason," he added.
The incident attracted alot of attention at the home Wednesday, a place that was already full thanks to the public body viewing of the late Fidel Odinga.
And despite Arachi's statement, Sonko's bodyguards, have a history of displaying their firearms in the open, to little or no police rebuke.
Arachi insists that if it happens again, he will be forced to ask for an arrest.
" We will be forced to make arrests if it happens again. As I have said, it is illegal," he added.
Whether that will happen will be known with time, but with the increased incidences of gun crime in the country, the display from Sonko's guards is not welcome, according to experts.
" It makes it look like having and owning a gun is cool and with Sonko highly revered by the youth in the country, it is a dangerous statement to make, security expert Albert Mugisha feels.
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