There are over 500,000 security guards across the country who are at risk of losing their jobs by January 5, 2020, following a new directive from the State.
The Cabinet Secretary, Interior Security, Dr. Fred Matiang’i ordered all private security firms to comply with the new licensing requirements failure to which, they shall be shut down.
More than 2,500 private firms are supposed to comply with the new directive by January 5, 2020, by getting registered by the Private Security Regulatory Authority.
The proposal dubbed as the Private Security (General) Regulations 2019 suggests that all private security firms will have to train their guards, pay a fee to the regulatory body. Firms with guards that have a similar color of uniforms with state uniforms will also have to change.
The proposal also contains a minimum wage bill for security guards, aiming at improving their well-being.
This means that homes, institutions, and businesses will have to ensure that individuals or firms are registered before hiring them. Hiring individuals or companies that are not registered will be illegal and anyone caught will be charged accordingly.
Protective Security Industry Association (PSIA), a lobby for the security firms, dismissed the directive claiming that the deadline was logical as the firms need more time.
According to PSIA Chairperson Cosmas Mutava, the firms need more time to ensure they get registered which may take more than three years.
“We were given six months to comply and now we have about three months remaining,” said Mr. Mutava.
“We must be honest and say that we cannot comply with the regulations within the set deadline,” he added.
Firms that might not get operations by the set date are likely to lay off their employees, rendering them jobless, adding more weight to the unemployment crisis in Kenya.