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Gun owners welcome Nkaissery move

18 March 2016, 01:37

Nairobi - The National Gun Owners Association of Kenya has welcomed Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery’s decision to form the Firearms Licensing Board, which they say will amicably address any disciplinary cases.

The association’s Secretary General Anthony Wahome in an interview with Capital News says though there are only a few cases of people misusing their firearms, the board will ensure weapons are only used as per the set regulations.

“In December 2014, the Security Amendment Bill which became an Act, also included amendments to certain parts of the Firearms Act, he said. The board will now put the necessary mechanism to make sure that if there are laws that need to be looked into, they do that.”

The board work will be to certify suitability of applicants and periodically assess proficiency of firearms holders and issue, cancel, terminate or vary any license or permit issued under the Act.

In a report on The Star, Nkaissery had appointed a nine member board to run the operations of the body.

In a gazette notice on Tuesday, named Enoch Sasia as head of the nine-member secretariat.

The team is tasked with certifying applicants' suitability to have guns and periodically assessing their proficiency.

It can issue, cancel, terminate or vary any licence or permit issued under the Firearms Act.

Members include Lilian Kiamba, Stanley Omucheyi, Barnice Gachegu and Anthony Wahome. Others are William Sing’oei, George Waiguru, James Ngului and Samuel Kimaru.

Nkaissery stated in the notice that the members' terms, which began on Wednesday, will end after three years.

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