Monday July 15, 2019-Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has done his worst after he gave private security guards guns.
In a gazette notice issued on Friday, Matiang’i, gave more powers to private security guards.
The notice now allows private guards to carry guns and even arrest criminals.
The notice will also see guards take upon formal police jobs such as quelling riots and getting involved in security work during elections.
According to the notice, the guards will further be given the authority to ride in armored and rapid response vehicles.
They will also be allowed to blare sirens and flash warning lights on highways, a hitherto preserve of police and emergency service providers.
The gazette notice states that the guards will enjoy these privileges under the guidance of the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai.
To begin with, all private security firms that employ the guards must be freshly registered with PSRA within the first six months.
“Be ready to arm your guards because we will withdraw officers from some of these jobs like CIT.”
“You will be in charge of the guns issued to you and any case of misuse will be punished,” stated Matiang’i.
The Kenyan DAILY POST