Matiang’i replaces Firearms Licensing Board chairman

Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Interior Secretary Fred Matiang’i has revoked the appointment of Major-General (Retired) Enock Sasia as the chairman of the Firearms Licensing Board.

In a notice published in the Kenya Gazette, Dr Matiang’i appointed Major-General (Retired) Charles Mwanzia, who was director of military intelligence KDF and Commandant of the Defence Staff College, to replace him.

Dr Matiang’i also revoked appointment of the board’s secretary Samwel Kimaru who was replaced by Nelson Munyi, based at the police headquarters.

Both Mr Sasia and Mr Kimaru were appointed by the former Interior secretary, the late Joseph Nkaissery on March 2016 to serve for a period of three years and were scheduled to leave in 2019.

The appointment of both Mr Mwanzia and Mr Munyi is also for a period of three years, effective from February 6, 2018.

In October, last year Dr Matiang’i also reconstituted the board by revoking appointment of three board members.

He invalidated membership of Lilian Kiamba, Bernice Gachegu and William Sing’oei who were appointed in March, 2016 by Mr Nkaissery.

Dr Matiang’i in place appointed James Mwenda, David Kiprono Tonui and Peris Muthoni. The board is responsible for certifying suitability of a member of the public to own a gun upon application.

It also has powers of issuing, cancelling or terminating a licence of a gun holder.