The government has warned of stern action against those who fail to surrender illegally held firearms before the lapse of the amnesty period.
Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui says those in possession of illegal arms have until end of September to surrender them and be forgiven.
Speaking in Nakuru Town during a stakeholders’ validation meeting for the County Rapid Action Plan on preventing and countering violent extremism, Mbui termed illegal firearms and weapons as key challenge towards security.
He called on those still in possession of unlicensed firearms to present them to National Government Administrators or religious leaders before expiry of the September amnesty period.
“We have amnesty that will lapse end of this month. We still appeal to those in possession of illegal firearms and any other weapons to return as early as this before time lapses” said Mbui.
The annual State of National Security Report estimated 580,000 to 650,000 illegal firearms are circulating in the country, perpetuating conflicts and posing socio-economic, political and security risks.
The County Commissioner once again calling on members of the public to continue working closely with the security agents towards addressing challenges of insecurity.
While lauding the community policing aspect, Mbui said collaboration of the communities is key in matters security.
“We need collaboration and that is why I must commend the Nyumba kumi clusters for their support in addressing challenges at community level” he said.