Likoni-Ferry channel guards on go slow protest

Guards manning the Likoni- Ferry Channel. FILE/PHOTO.

Mombasa, KENYA: Ferry commuters on Thursday morning witnessed a go-slow organised by Private security guards who were in protest of alleged poor and delayed pay by their employer.

The over 50 guard force security guards company reported for duty as usual at 6 am in the morning, but they were not on their usual routine duties, at the ferry channel.

They said they have not been paid their salary for the last one year ever since they were deployed at the channel.

The guards who are now a year old and three months at the channel, said some have been thrown out of their rental houses because they haven’t paid rent.

One of the security guards who spoke to Baraka FM on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization, said most of them are finding it hard to survive.

“How do they want us to survive, every morning we report to our work but at the end they delay the salary,” protested the guard.

He said the monthly salary is Sh.15, 000 for the bouncers while that of guards is sh.11,000.

They also demanded a salary increment  as they said they are overloaded with work.

130 security guards have been employed at the ferry channel,50 are bouncers who control the crowd;the rest are guards.

Their main work involves offering security and screening of  the commuters and controlling the them.


The bouncers work in shifts with some working from 6am to 2pm, while the second team takes over from 2 pm to 10 pm in the evening.

The guards work from 6am to 6pm in the evening.

When contacted by Baraka FM regarding the go slow, Guard Security Force Group executive chairman Polycap Ochola  denied the claims.

”No they are not on strike.” Said Ochola.