Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s son Jomo Kenyatta has dropped a case he filed against the government after the two parties solved the wrangle amicably.
Jomo had accused the government of raiding his premises in a witchhunt through which the State sought to seize his legally acquired firearms.
On Wednesday, Uhuru’s eldest son withdrew the case after the state pledged to never interfere with his gun licence.
Further, Jomo was assured that the Firearms Licensing Board had no plans to revoke his permit.
A photo of the statue outside the Nairobi Law Courts
High Court Judge Jairus Ngaah ruled that both parties had consented to the withdrawal of the case.
“By consent, this matter is hereby marked as settled,” the judge ruled.
However, should the matter arise again, it shall be dealt with as guided by the Firearms Act.
Jomo sued the government in July 2023 after police attempted to raid his house in Karen at night. Uhuru’s son complained that the police violated his constitutional rights in the exercise which he argued was conducted illegally.
He further emphasised that he was a licensed gun holder contrary to claims by the police. Jomo thus asked the Firearms Licensing Board and the Attorney General to halt the revocation of his licence until they followed due process.
Following the attempted raid, Uhuru condemned the government for going after his children in a strategy choreographed to frustrate and force him to retire.
Kenya’s 4th President asked the police to follow the stipulated procedures of arresting his son if found culpable. Uhuru addressed the media after confronting the police at his son’s premises.
“I leave this matter to the law. What do you want with my children? They removed their security, and now they want to strip them of their weapons,” Uhuru lamented.
In a rejoinder, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki argued that the operation was conducted in three homes within Karen with police seeking to establish whether licensed gun holders were using their weapons to fuel violence during the anti-government protests.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to the media outside his son Jomo Kenyatta’s home in Karen, Nairobi County on July 21, 2023.