Apply for guns, commissioner advises chiefs

Days after three MPs urged the government to consider arming chiefs and provide them with body guards, Central Regional Coordinator Naftali Mungathia has advised them to individually apply for the same.

He said it would be prudent for chiefs who feel insecureto apply for guns individually.

Speaking in Kiambu on Saturday, Mungathia said the government will not allow criminals to threaten chiefs as they serve the public.

The commissioner said  he supported the MPs’ call to arm chiefs but was quick to note that the same was a rigorous process which called for an enactment of a law in that regard.

Legislators  Kiragu Chege (Limuru), Paul Koinange (Kiambaa) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete)  had urged the government to arm chiefs to protect themselves from criminals.

Chief killed

The trio spoke during the burial of Ngecha location chief  Peter Kairu who was murdered by thugs a week ago. He was killed inside his compound.

Two suspects have since been arrested and arraigned in a Limuru court, charged with the murder.  Several guns were recovered from the criminals and one of them is believed to be the one used to kill the chief.

Kiambu County Commissioner Alex Nkoyo confirmed the arrest of the suspects saying they were being interrogated to help in the  arrest of their accomplices.

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