Shock as worker discovers three rifles, 80 bullets near golf club in Nairobi

By CYRUS OMBATI

NAIROBI, KENYA: A worker was shocked when he discovered three AK 47 rifles and more than 80 bullets hidden in a bush near a popular golf club in Nairobi’s Karen area.

The rifles with 87 bullets were discovered on Tuesday evening by a worker at the golf club hidden in the bush while covered with clothes and a bag.

Police say they are yet to know the owners of the luggage believed to have hidden them there after using them in unknown incident.

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Langata head of CID James Manuni said the weapons were found near the Karen Golf and Country Club.

Manuni said they are yet to know the owners of the illegal weapons.

“We have sent the weapons for ballistic tests and hope to know where they were used and source,” said Manuni.

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He said two of the rifles had a magazine loaded with 30 bullets each while one had 27 an indication the gunmen had spent three.

Manuni said the worker was slashing at the farm when discovered the weapons.

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Police say they have commenced investigations into the recovery.

It is believed the guns had been used in a series of robberies in the city but police say they are investigating.

Authorities say there are between 550,000 to 680,000 small arms and light weapons in the wrong hands in the country. 

Director of the Kenya Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons Engineer Patrick Ochieng says these guns account for between 70 and 90 percent of crime committed in Kenya. 

He urged the government to take the matter seriously as security is a key incentive in fast-tracking national development and attainment of peace.  

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“Security is a key incentive for attracting investment both from within and outside the country and the earlier we tackle insecurity in the country the better for our economic growth,” said Ochieng at a meeting of senior security officials in Nairobi. 

He appealed to the government to urgently approve the national policy in small arms that was developed in 2008 but has not been approved to date.

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