Panic gripped staff at Kitale Club and members of the public after an abandoned firearm was found in the forest next to the club.
Trans Nzoia County Police Commander (CPC) Jacinta Wesonga confirmed to Kenya News Agency (KNA) the shocking incident which occurred on Thursday afternoon.
According to Wesonga, the firearm, an AK-47, was spotted by a passerby who had gone in the forest to answer the call of nature.
“The man had gone to relieve himself but got curious when he saw an object protruding from a wrapped polythene bag that was hanging from one of the trees,” said Wesonga.
She added, “The man decided to pull the object but got shocked upon seeing the weapon.47."
The unidentified man reported the incident to Kitale Club’s manager who immediately alerted the police.
The police commander accompanied by scenes-of-crime officers rushed to the scene and recovered the gun.
“The scenes-of-crime officers confirmed it was an AK-47,” said Wesonga, adding the firearm's magazine was full with 7.62 ammunition rounds.
The county police boss further said the recovered firearm was serviceable.
“The scene was processed and security officers have launched investigations to unravel the source and motive behind the firearm’s presence in the forest,” added Wesonga.
She described the man who reported the incident as a good Samaritan and urged the public to alert security officers or relevant authorities whenever such incidents were encountered.
County Criminal Investigations Officer Francis Kihara told KNA the AK-47 will be taken for ballistic identification.