Heavily-armed Steve Mbogo Explains Role in 14 Riverside Attack Rescue Operation

January 16, 2019

Steve Mbogo has come out to explain his presence at 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon during a suspected terrorist attack.

The former Starehe parliamentary aspirant was pictured at the scene armed with a sophisticated assault rifle and a bulletproof vest. This raised eyebrows among internet users who wondered what role the controversial businessman was playing in the multi-agencies rescue operation.

According to Steve Mbogo, he went to the terror front as a “licensed firearms holder, who was willing to help”.

“I am a licensed firearms holder. I was running my errands near the dusitD2 Hotel here in Nairobi when I learnt that the facility was under a terror attack,” said Mbogo.

“Because I was in a position to help, given I have good knowledge on how to handle firearms and protect myself against such situations, I went in to help in the rescue operations. If you are asking in what capacity I was there, I would tell you: I was there as a civilian, who is mandated by law to handle firearms.”

When pressed to explain if he drives around with automated rifles, Mbogo said: “Such questions are not relevant as of now.”

Mbogo was also put to task to explain the circumstances in which he owns a flak jacket, which according to Kenyan law, is nearly impossible for a civilian to possess.

In his response, Steve Mbogo said: “I am still occupied with rescue operations. Let me take cover and then I will speak to you later.”

On social media, internet users shared mixed opinions about Steve Mbogo, with some labeling him a ‘Slay King’ who was only out to show off his firearm. Others praised him for risking his life.

We have sampled some reactions.

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