MPs reject law to have security guards in Kenya posses guns

MPs reject law to have security guards in Kenya posses guns

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Nairobi, KENYA: Members of Parliament on Wednesday ruled out a proposal to have watchmen and private guards posses guns while on duty, like their counterparts in Uganda and Tanzania.

The motion was re introduced by Makadara MP Benson Mutura after it was earlier scrapped off at the committee stage.

The motion also proposed that a security guard must have a Certificate of Good conduct, and at least six months training at the cost of the employer.

In addition, the guard should not have a history of drug abuse, mental instability and must be certified by a medical practioner.

The motion to bring changes to the Private Security Regulations Bill introducing gun possession for security guards is said to have been aimed at helping in curbing terrorism in the country.

Asman Kamama, the chairman of the house committee national security led the MPs in rejecting the proposals.

Others who supported Asman were Aden Duale (Leader of the Majority), Christopher Omulele (Luanda), Raphael Letimalo (Samburu East) and Chris Wamalwa (Kimilili).

Rarieda MP Nicholas Ngumbo however said the guards needed guns to lower the levels of crime in the country.

The Bill sought to establish a more regulated framework for private security guards in the country giving them powers of arrest and establishing a Private Security Regulatory Authority to handle the industry.