Jackson Obara Onyango was today charged in Milimani law Courts over gun misuse after he allegedly fired two shots in the air following a road rage with a matatu driver along Racecourse in Nairobi.
According to police, Onyango fired two rounds from his Taurus Pistol, serial number TEX43607 at Kariokor market after a matatu driver, Mathew gatimu scratched his jaguar KBX 835J.
Cases of gun misuse by licensed civilian holders are on the rise although police are accused of mishandling investigations which do not lead to convictions.
In December last year, flamboyant city tycoon Chris Obure was charged in court arrested over assault and misuse of licensed firearm. Obure threatened had to shoot two revelers at B Club Nairobi.
Records at the National Gun Owners Association of Kenya (NGAO Kenya) show there are approximately 10,000 responsible firearm owners in Kenya. In November last year, Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro was petitioned to investigate an assault and misuse of firearm case against Obure who was never arrested despite recommendation in an investigation report to have him apprehended and charged.
The petition by the complainant Daniel Alex Lwin aged 20 years old against Nairobi businessman Chris Obure has been received by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) and the Firearm Licensing Board.
“I am dissatisfied with the manner in which this case was quickly but quietly dispensed with by the Parklands police and it is my humble request this case be escalated to the Criminal Investigation Division level as it is rightfully within your jurisdiction to investigate,” The petition reads in part.
Obure is said to have physically assaulted Daniel Alex Lwin, brandished his gun and fired several times in the air at K1 Klub House in Parklands Nairobi following a confrontation involving a lady.