Guards to begin arresting people, says Matiang’i


Private security guards will soon start arresting offenders after the government issued a gazette notice allowing the guards to carry guns.
In a gazette notice issued by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, the new directive will see the be deployed in the same way as police to as repress regulations have elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans with some saying it is timely while others say it could be counterproductive in the war against crime.
“I think this will be good for the war against terror. So the guards can assist in terror attacks unlike the current situation where the police have to be called,” said Manu Sikuta a Nairobi resident.
While David Odhiambo feels if the process is not handled carefully it could lead to insecurity.
“Guards must now be paid well to avert the temptation of using the guns to rob innocent Kenyans,” he said.
The guards will further be given the authority to ride in armored and rapid response vehicles.
According to the gazette notice, Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai will oversee the transfer of privileges to the private guards.
The rules have also created the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) will be in-charge to ensure that the guards comply with the new rules.
According to PSRA chairman Fazul Mohamed, all private security firms that employ the guards must be freshly registered afresh.
PSRA will ensure that the guards are trained on gun handling and that they wear uniforms that are not related to state security personnel.


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