Guards approved to carry guns

Guards given the go ahead

Private Sector Regulatory Authority CEO Fazul Mohammed addressing the media

Private Security guards were on Friday approved to carry guns while on duty.

Private Security Regulatory Authority boss Fazul Mohammed stated that the guards would be licensed to carry arms after being vetted and trained afresh.

The move by Mohammed comes after a public outcry of having the guards armed following the terrorist attack on Dusit on Tuesday.

The attack on the complex by five Alashabaab militants left a total of 21 people dead and several others injured.

Police on Wednesday had managed to kill all the terrorists and end an 18-hour siege that saw 700 people rescued.

Gun proposal part of new security strategy plan

Last year, a proposal had been submitted to allow the security personnel to be issued with guns as part of a strategy to fight crime and supplement police officers.

The plan had been given the go ahead by the National Security Advisory Committee in April the previous year and had been awaiting approval from the Private Security Regulatory Authority.

Interior CS Matiangi in 2018 had stated that the process of issuing the fire arms would be a strict process.

“The government will issue gun licences to vetted companies, who will in turn arm their personnel to conduct their businesses,” remarked Matiang’i.

Matiang’i had noted that firms that would go against the rules would have their licenses revoked.

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