The debate as to whether private security guards should be armed with guns or not intensified with more players in the security industry coming out in its support.
The National Chairman of the Nyumba Kumi Initiative Joseph Kaguthi confirmed Wednesday that he supports the debate for the proposal to go through.
Kaguthi said there was nothing wrong in arming private security guards as long as there are certain structures and standards and registration systems put in place.
“We believe that there is nothing wrong in arming private security guards, it works well in our neighboring countries like Uganda, so stop suspecting it” said Kaguthi.
Kaguthi noted that they were in constant discussion with the chairs of security committees in parliament, and they will present their position on 19 November.
According to the Kenya National Private Security Workers Union (KNPSWU), the country has more than 300,000 men and women employed by some 429 private security firms.
This means there are five times more security guards than police, with the latter’s force estimated at just 60,000.