, MOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 16 – Police are investigating a prominent Nairobi businessman over alleged smuggling of firearms after rifles were found at a villa in Malindi.
Malindi police boss Matawa Muchagi says five AK-47 rifles were recovered in the villa suspected to be owned by the billionaire.
Muchagi says four workers are being held for interrogation.
Police who raided the villa Sunday night also recovered 93 bullets.
The operation was conducted by a heavily armed multi-agency team from Nairobi.
A senior officer leading the operation said intelligence agencies have been closely monitoring movements to and from the house.
Police suspect the businessman has been working with several people to bring guns into the country using different entry points.
“The weapons were seized during the raid. We are interrogating the workers and have launched investigations to establish the owner of the house,” said Muchagi.
Detectives are probing a possible drugs and arms smuggling racket involving prominent individuals in Nairobi.