Uhuru Offers Jobs To Kenyans Making Illegal Guns

Uhuru made the offer on Wednesday, June 9 as he set 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons on fire at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.

Uhuru Offers Jobs To Kenyans Making Illegal Guns

President Uhuru Kenyatta offered job opportunities to Kenyans notorious of manufacturing illegal homemade guns at the country's first small arms factory in Ruiru, Kiambu County.

He made the offer on Wednesday, June 9 as he set 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons on fire at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.

The small fire arms had been surrendered by individuals voluntarily after a call from the state in an attempt to curb rising insecurity incidents across the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta sets 5,144 guns ablaze at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. /PSCU 

In the photos, the President is seen setting the two stacks on fire before watching with a satisfactory expression on his face as the bonfire gathered momentum and grew in size.

"A majority of the illegal firearms were voluntarily surrendered by the public who heeded Government amnesty offers, and through the diligence of Kenya's security agencies," a statement from State House read.

The 5,000 guns that went up in flames on June 9, 2021. /PSCU

The exercise comes a day after Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i revealed that the National Police Service (NPS) managed to recover 14,000 illegal firearms and 400,000 bullets in the last 2 years.

Speaking during the launch of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) excellence charter and SOP on investigation and prosecution of serious human rights violations committed by Police Officers, Matiang’i noted that the recovery of the illegal farms was a key step towards ending crime.

He also urged the public to step up into a more active role in fighting white-collar crime, further admitting that the increase in money-laundering activities, known as 'wash wash', was driven by individual's need to maintain expensive lifestyles.

"All these people who are running wash wash activities and money laundering in estates, and the characters who are trying to abduct kids live in our midst. It is very helpful for the public to be conscious of the rising levels of crime

"Because we’ve become intensely materialistic, people are running money-laundering rackets that have been under cover for a very long time. In two years alone, we have collected close to 14,000 guns and over 400,000 bullets from wrong hands," he stated.

Since 2019, the Ministry of Interior has urged Kenyans to surrender illegally held guns after insecurity cases spiked in various regions with Baringo being the most affected.

In September 2020, Matiang'i launched a cleanup process targeting illegal gun owners through restructuring gun laws.

Matiang'i affirmed, at the time, that he was restructuring the country's firearms licensing regime and urged illegal riffle holders to surrender their weapons. 

In March 2020, Matiangi stated that authorities had seized 6,000 firearms, two months after destroying another haul of 8,000. 

The illegal guns were further exposed by Citizen TV's investigative journalist Purity Mwambia, a feature that uncovered the tactics police officers implement in hiring out guns, police uniforms, handcuffs and ammunition to criminals for purposes of robberies and even murder.

The piece showed how easy it was to acquire the ammunition and weapons in the country from as low as Ksh1,000. Rogue officers were found to have lent a pistol at a cost of Ksh5,000, AK-47 rifles at Ksh10,000 as well as bulletproof vests.

In terms of purchase, it was revealed that a Ceska gun goes for as much as Ksh50,000 while an AK-47, typically used by regular and administration police officers going for between Ksh80,000 and Ksh200,000.

Citizen TV feature 'Guns Galore' that exposed how easy it was for one to acquire guns from police officers. /YOUTUBE