Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has said there was an elaborate scheme to frame his son with illegal firearms and drugs during the Friday night operation last week.
“This gun issue is surrounded by lots of propaganda to divert attention from what has been happening,” Mr. Kenyatta said, as he shared his concerns with journalists on Monday, July 24, 2023. “I believe they wanted to plant drugs and guns in my son’s compound. I went because of a distress call from my son; I was not drunk, I was extremely hurt.”
According to a report by Citizen Digital, the former President clarified that his two sons, Jomo and Muhoho, collectively owned six legally registered firearms, three each. He further stated that his daughter, Ngina, did not own any firearms.
Contrary to media reports and claims by top government officials, Kenyatta stated that his sons had not been ordered to surrender their firearms. The former President expressed frustration over the way his family had been portrayed in the media, attempting to set the record straight regarding the legal possession of firearms by his sons.
In light of recent events, Kenyatta disclosed that he has been compelled to share his security detail with his mother, Mama Ngina Kenyatta. The security of the former First Lady was withdrawn last week, prompting the need for private security guards.
“The benefits my mum enjoys are not because of me but because she is a former First Lady,” the retired president stated.
According to the government, the police raid on Jomo Kenyatta’s home was part of a broader operation aimed at locating 23 firearms allegedly linked to illegal activities during the ongoing anti-government protests. Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki confirmed that three homes in Nairobi’s Karen area were targeted during the operation.
“This afternoon, an operation has been going on targeting three homesteads within the Karen area where a total of 23 firearms, some of which are suspected to have been used in illegal activities, are kept,” CS Kindiki stated.
The former President’s statements and the unfolding situation have raised questions about the motives behind the raid and the allegations surrounding his sons’ possession of firearms.