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Legislators divided over guns proposals

07 November 2013, 14:12

Nairobi - Lawmakers are divided over calls to issue out more guns to local members of the public to defend themselves amid fears of increased insecurity in the country.

Debates are ongoing in Parliament regarding such an issue which has divided local church leaders.

Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet, a proponent of such proposals, argued that providing firearms for self defense would curb incidents of insecurity.

He proposed that all Kenyans above 30 years of age who applied for licensed guns ought to get them if they successfully went through the vetting process.

“Many Kenyans have lost their lives in the hands of criminals and terrorists. A majority of those killed contribute immensely to the economy of the country,” said Mositet.

However, David Musila, his Kitui counterpart, said such plans could be detrimental.

Opposing the motion, he argued that the move to issue more licensed guns to Kenyans would not contain the crisis.

The debate follows a section of the Coastal clergy urging the government to allow them own licensed guns following a spate of killings that had been targeting them over the past few weeks.

Muslim church leaders have however opposed such proposals arguing it was not appropriate for religious leaders to possess and use guns.

Religious tensions have been high in the country following the terror attack that left about 67 people dead at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

– CAJ News


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