Kevin Omwenga murder: Agency demands stern action on irresponsible gun owners
National Gun Owners Association of Kenya (NGAOKenya) has called on the relevant government agencies to take stern action against gun holders found culpable of misusing their firearms regardless of whether they are civilians of members of the police service.
The association alluded to a Friday night incident in which a 28-year-old Kevin Omwenga was shot dead in Kilimani in a suspected business deal fallout.
“As an Association we are especially concerned that these few irresponsible licensed firearm owners are giving the remaining close to 18,000 responsible firearm owners a bad name with the rest of the Kenyan population,” the statement read.
At the same time, the association condoled with the family of the late Omwenga, saying the deceased who died at a prime age was a victim of a firearm misuse.
On Saturday,Chris Obure, a Nairobi businessman, was arrested over the murder of Kevin Omwenga in Nairobi on Friday night.
He was grilled at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) office in Kilimani earlier on Saturday.
Reports indicate that the gun used in the murder of the car dealer belongs to Obure.
A man identified as Robert Bodo was the first one to be arrested following the gruesome murder.
He was at the house where the incident occurred at Galana Suites and later presented himself at Kilimani Police Station where the family had gone to file a report.
This is not the first time that Chris Obure has been arrested over an incident involving guns.
Four years ago, he was alleged to have caused chaos at a Nairobi nightclub by using his licensed firearm to intimidate revelers.
He was charged with assault and causing bodily harm to a Mr Ben Alila Onyango on December 31, 2016 in Westlands.
Obure, who appeared before Milimani Law Court Principal Magistrate, Joyce Njandani, denied the charge and was released on a Ksh 20,000 cash bail or an alternative bond of Ksh 50,000.
According to police, he was arrested following complaints that he had threatened to shoot a reveler.
Chris Obure had been ordered to surrender his firearm on Monday but failed to do so.
A year earlier, he had hit the headlines for splashing millions on his wife’s baby shower at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.
He was accompanied by at least 10 men and made a special 15-minute appearance some time later into the ceremony.
He showered his wife with lavish gifts including; a Samsung S6 Edge Plus phone, a holiday trip to the Bahamas Islands and Ksh. 1 million.
After presentation of gifts, Obure and his entourage left the ceremony.