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.