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Over 4,000 Kenyans facing arrest after failing to follow Matiangi's order

Mass arrests to begin on Friday

Police to arrest 4293 gun owners who did not meet CS Fred Matiang'i 1-week ultimatum

Police are searching for 4,293 gun owners who are yet to surrender their weapons to the Firearms Licensing Bureau.

In a brief shared by Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai on Friday, the individuals have been labeled as "armed and dangerous criminals" who will be arrested on sight.

"The list of the 4,293 individuals has already been shared with Regional Commanders. I have directed them to begin recovering the firearms and make arrests with immediate effect.

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"In exceptional cases where the firearm holders are deceased, a family members are directed to immediately surrender the firearms to Firearms Licensing Bureau or the nearest police station within their home jurisdiction, within 24 hours," the statement outlined.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i had issued a one week grace period for anyone who was yet to surrender their arms for inspection, the period lapsed on Thursday.

IG Mutyambai warns Kenyan civilian gun owners

The IG also issued a warning to all civilian gun owners over their conduct with the guns, especially in public.

"Firearm holders are warned that firearms are not issued as a status symbol and consequently, any licensed firearm holder who shall handle their firearm recklessly and/or carelessly or display them unnecessarily to the public shall have their firearm(s) repossessed and license(s) canceled with immediate effect," the statement read in part.

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