We did not revoke firearm license of Uhuru’s sons – Agency
The Firearms Licensing Agency has distanced itself from claims that it canceled the firearm certificates of former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sons.
In response to a case filed by the Kenyatta sons, the Firearms Licensing Board has stated that it did not revoke their licenses, emphasising that the case is built on unfounded speculations.
Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia, representing the Kenyatta sons, had sought the intervention of the courts to protect them from alleged illegal actions by the arms agency.
“The application is premature and should be struck out,” asserted the Firearms Licensing Board in court.
The Attorney General has also requested removal from the proceedings since no specific orders are being sought against their office.
Although the case was scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, September 27, it failed to proceed as some of the involved parties indicated that they had yet to file their documents for the court’s consideration.
Justice Jairus Ngaah granted the parties ten days to file their responses before deciding. He extended the orders that prevent the state from revoking Jomo Kenyatta’s license until the mentioned date set for October 11, 2023, when further directions will be provided.
In his case filed in July, Jomo Kenyatta implored the court to intervene and prevent the state from revoking his firearms license “without following the due process outlined in the Firearms Act.” He expressed concern that the authorities had demanded he surrender his firearms on July 21 without providing any reasons.
“On inquiry as to the reasons, if any, that had caused an abrupt demand for my firearms, the officers feigned ignorance,” Jomo Kenyatta stated in his plea.
He emphasized that the grounds for revoking a firearm license, as outlined in the Firearms Act, cannot be invoked without affording the license holder an opportunity to be heard, which aligns with the principles outlined in the Fair Administrative Action Act.
According to court documents, Jomo Kenyatta’s license remains valid until April 27, 2024.
The move to disarm Jomo Kenyatta came after Interior CS Kithure Kindiki’s announcement on July 25, stating that 23 firearms were recovered from three residences in Karen, Nairobi.
This followed an operation launched after it was established that civilian gun holders supplied weapons used during demonstrations.
Jomo Kenyatta has asserted that he has adhered to all the regulations since he was issued with the firearms.