, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 31 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has outlined his agenda for the New Year 2016, when police will strictly enforce the amended Firearms Act.
He said police officers countrywide are under firm instructions to act accordingly on anyone found in possession of firearms.
“We are going to strictly enforce the amended Firearms Act which provides for harsher penalties to those found holding illegal firearms,” he said in a statement on the Eve of the New Year, “This will particularly help in the management of cases related to the proliferation of small arms in the country.”
He also warned that politicians found spewing hate will not be spared as the country approaches the election year 2017.
Several leaders are already facing charges on incitement-related offences, with the Director of Public Prosecutions reviewing recommendations from the police to charge two more—Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow.
“Those who may be planning to incite people into violence with the objective of evicting others for political reasons are hereby warned that police will not permit it,” the police chief said in his message to Kenyans as they prepared to usher in the New Year.
He urged Kenyans to continue working closely with the police in ensuring peace in the country.
More security officers have been deployed in various parts of the country—including Nairobi, Mombasa and areas bordering Somalia which have witnessed terror attacks in the recent past.
“We urge members of the public to make use of our Command and Control Centres by calling 999, 911 and 112 which are operational 24 hours in case of need,” he said.
During the New Year celebrations, the IG warned that anyone found setting off fireworks without authority from police and the Ministry of Mining will be prosecuted.
“This is particularly important in view of the elevated threat of terrorism and therefore, security officers need to know when and where to expect celebratory fireworks,” the police chief explained.
Kenyan security forces have been on high alert since last week when the police chief warned of “real terror threats” in the country after Al Shabaab militants split into two groups—supporting Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS).