Wednesday September 11, 2019-Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i in a gazette notice dated September 6, 2019, gave an ultimatum to security firms to comply with new licensing requirements.

The CS revealed that the firms that would not have complied to the new regulations by January 5, 2020, will have to be shut down.

According to reports, these private security firms employ over 500,000 Kenyans and this order leaves their jobs hanging in the balance.

The Private Security (General) Regulations 2019, demand that all the 2,500 private security firms in the country register with the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) led by Fazul Mohamed.

The regulations also state that any individual or firm that needs security services have to engage with firms that have complied.

This means that homes, schools, hospitals and other institutions that hire guards from companies that are not registered with the regulator will be committing an offense.

From now on, if firms are to be licensed, they will be required to pay guards in their payroll at least the minimum wage.

In the cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, this amounts to Ksh27,993 for a night guard and Ksh25,641 for a day guard.

In municipalities like Nakuru, Nyeri and Kakamega, this comes to Ksh25,905 and Ksh23,208, respectively, and Ksh16,119 and Ksh13,575 in all other areas, mostly small urban and rural areas.


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