Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa will have his firearm back after a Nairobi court directed Firearm Licensing Board to renewal his certificate pending the hearing and determination of his petition.
Justice John mativo quashed the decision by the state to confiscate Barasa’s weapon on ground that no cause or explanation had been given prior to that action.
“The respondent does renew the firearms certificates number 004886 dated April 26,2018 issued to Barasa for a further one year,” ruled Mativo.
Barasa will now have his single Glock 19 Gen4 9millimeter Serial number BDTA 702 into the possession returned without further conditions.
Justice Mativo also prohibited the state from recalling two police officers currently attached to Barasa until the hearing and determination of the application filed in court.
The MP who has been a vocal member of the ‘Tanga Tanga movement’ wanted the court to quash a decision by the State to confiscate his gun, he alleged that the move was politically instigated.
The orders were issued after Barasa moved to court through his lawyer Danson Omari seeking intervention over the withdrawal of his firearm by the State.
Omari said that it is an attempt to exert pressure on the MPs who have been openly supported Deputy President William Ruto.
The Kimilili lawmaker was seeking to have the Firearm Licensing Board compelled to renew his certificate and return his firearm.
The lawmaker also accused the Board’s Secretary Charles Mukindia of intimidation adding that the confiscation of his firearm has put his life in danger.
The controversial lawmaker claims that he has received several death threats since the year began and he is apprehensive that his security detail might be withdrawn.
Omari argued that Barasa was attacked by armed robbers in January this year on Mombasa Road and only survived the ordeal since he was armed