Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has appointed Major-General (Retired) Enock Sasia as the chairman of the Firearms Licensing Board.
The Cabinet secretary also appointed eight members to sit on the board that certifies the suitability of applicants and periodically assess proficiency of firearms holders, issue, cancel, terminate or vary any licence or permit issued among others.
Major-General (Retired) Nkaissery said in making the appointment, he was exercising the powers conferred by section 3(1) ( 2) and (3) of the Firearms Act.
Members of the board appointed are Lilian Kiambia, Stanely Omucheyi, Bernice Gathegu, Antony Wahome, William Singoei, George Waiguru, James Ngului and Samuel Kimaru as the secretary.
“The members of the board will serve for a period of three years with effect from March 16, 2016,” said the Cabinet secretary in a gazette notice dated March 15, 2016.
The board register civilian firearm holders, dealers and manufacturers of firearms, register, supervise, and control all shooting ranges, as well as establish, maintain and monitor a centralised record management system.
The board is required to have two representatives from the National Police Service one of whom should be from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and another from the Office of the Attorney-General.
Others are one representative each from a private members’ group of lawfully registered gun owners, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the National Intelligence Service and the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons.