The new Inspector General of Police, Japhet Koome, has issued a one-month ultimatum to criminals to surrender their illegally owned guns to authorities.
Koome on Monday urged the criminals who are now terrorising Kenyans from different parts of the country to hand over their weapons before they are dealt with.
The police boss who spoke after having a long meeting with Nairobi County governor Johnson Sakaja said they have devised a robust mechanism on how to thwart the spike of crime in the city.
“We have agreed in our meeting to give these young people in possession of guns one month. Surrender to the police that gun you are illegally holding,” Koome said.
“Whoever is threatening Kenyans’ peace will be dealt with by our well-trained officers.”
Koome and Sakaja jointly announced the formation of County Policing authority as one of the strategies to deal with the vice.
There have been a lot of public outrage that the National Police Service is failing Kenyans owing to rising cases of broad daylight stabbings, shootings, rape, defilement, and murder across the country, which largely go unsolved.
The IG however denied a go-slow within the service as the reason for the surge in crime.
Koome promised that it will not be business as usual even in the cattle rustling-infested North Rift region.