BY SAM ALFAN.
The state has accused Dagoreti North MP Simba Arati of blowing his firearm withdrawal issue out of proportion.
The firearm Licensing Board claims that Dagoreti North Simba Arati never applied nor obtained renewal of his firearm certificate upon the expiry of his license on November 11 2017.
“I believe that the fact that the applicants license had expired with no application having been made for renewal with a material fact that he ought to have disclosed to this court and failure to do so merits the exercise of any discretion or powers of the court against him.
Mr Samuel Kimaru, the board secretary said that Arati ought to have had recourse to the statutory remedy provided under the firearm act before seeking relief from the court.
He also asked the court to dismiss the case filed by Arati challenging that revocation.
Arati’s firearm license experied on November 11 2017.
Kimaru said that Arati last application for renewal of his firearm license was in the year 2016.
Mr Kimaru asked the court not to exercise its discretion in favour of the MP who has openly professed to be a member of NRM, a movement which has been outlawed.
MP Arati however said that the government acted in blatant disregard of the law and constitution by revoking his license.
He says that the process leading to the making of the decision was accented with secrecy and driven by ulterior motives and political considerations in a manner that violates the provisions of law and defeats the principles of the constitution and right to fair administrative action.