Lobby groups up in arms over damning ‘Guns Galore’ exposé

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Lobby groups have raised the alarm over the ‘Guns Galore’ documentary which aired on Citizen TV on Sunday.

The exposé revealed how rogue police officers promote crime by hiring their police operating gears: guns, uniforms, bulletproof vests, and handcuffs to criminals for as low as Ksh. 1000.

“The Police Reforms Working Group (PRWG-K) strongly condemns these criminal activities within the security sector, which undoubtedly degrade safety and security across the country,” one of the lobby groups said in a statement.

PRWG-K is now calling on the Administration and National Security Committee of the National Assembly to conduct a public inquiry into the matter of police criminality highlighted in the expose.

Additionally, the organization is demanding that the Internal Affairs Unit immediately conduct thorough and impartial investigations of the alleged police misconduct with a view of bringing the culprits to book.

They also want the Inspector-General of Police to conduct an independent national audit of police armoury system of movement of firearms and ammunition within the Service

Meanwhile, the National Council of NGOs has called for a “thorough investigation on the matter by the Police service and the DCI in view of smoking out criminal elements and taking necessary actions so as to avoid those tainting the respected national police service.”

In a statement, the council’s chairperson Stephen K. Cheboi said relevant security agencies ought to provide security for journalists involved in risky work.

“We further urge that our journalists who do such sensitive investigative stories for the betterment of society be provided with necessary protection in the goes of their work, the journalist do a great job to inform the society on what is happening around us,” the lobby group said on Monday.

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