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Charles Mukindia appointed to head firearms licensing board

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,29TH NOV 2018-Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi  has appointed Charles Mukindia to chair the firearms licensing board with six members who will all serve for a period of three years.

The board members are David Kahinga, Jackson Kimutai Rotich, Vincent Wahoro, Nancy Kabete, Justin Odhiambo Khaduli and Lazarus Mbondo.

The appointments are contained in a Gazette Notice published Wednesday, a week after the Cabinet Secretary announced disbandment of the previous board following accusations of inefficiency.

There have been claims of massive corruption in the guns licensing process leading to poor records management in what is also blamed on the rise in firearms misuse lately.

The new board will be mandated to establish a digital registry of licensed firearm holders who shall be required to apply for new certificates.

The membership of the Firearms Board includes two representatives from the National Police Service, one from the State Law Office, the Kenya Wildlife Service, National Intelligence Service, and the National Focal Point on illicit arms.

The Firearms Act (2015) also provides for a secretariat that aides the boards in the discharge of its mandate.

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