KEPSA Security Sector Board held its monthly meeting on 2nd July 2019 at KEPSA offices. The meeting was presided by the sector board Chair, Mr. Silvanus Sewe. The objective of the meeting was to consider subcommittee reports and receive updates on the welfare of the stakeholders in the Private Security Sector.
Mr. Silvanus Sewe in his remarks appreciated members for their commitment and support. He informed members that the Sector Board had received an invite to the Police Accountability conference that was scheduled for 3rd and 4th July 2019. He added that the sector board would be meeting with the National Police Service on 11th July 2019. He also informed the meeting that the Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) committee had requested for input on the position articles, which needed to be enhanced, amended and added before a final compilation is done and sent to the BBI team. The Sector Board Chair concluded by appreciating members who gave their input on the matrix that had been shared, which was to be forwarded to Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i.
The Disaster Risk Management subcommittee, while submitting its report, told members that there has been no substantive progress on the two existing Bills (Kimani Ichungwa Bill and Senators Mutula Kilonzo Jnr. and Johnson Sakaja Bill). The Disaster Risk Management subcommittee Chair, Ms. Judy Wambugu, further said that the policy document is still stuck in the Attorney General’s office.
The Immigration subcommittee Chair Ms. Wambui Mbarire, submitting the subcommittee report said that the misunderstanding on the issue of passports which arose from the supposed deadline has been clarified by the Immigration Department.
The meeting was informed that the National Counter Terrorism Center had trained 80 participants and 44 security companies on Countering Violence Extreme (CVE) in the exercise that was held in Karen on 24th April 2019. It was noted that the approach that was used to target participants for conducting the training on CVE had to change. Members were apprised that the new approach would be targeting; a joint KEPSA conference for CEO’s for all the Business Member Organizations and KEPSA membership training through penetration tests.
One of the Sector Board members, Mr. Cosmas Mutava, who attended a meeting on Welfare of Stakeholders in the Private Security Sector, reported that some of the challenges being faced by private security sector were: Remunerations, working conditions, Level of Education, Equipment, Firearms, Training, Taxation, Policy, legislation, Regulation, Information sharing Attitude, Undercutting, Nonpaying Customers and Finance. He reported that during the meeting, some of the key proposed interventions included:
- Operationalization of the Private Security Wages council.
- Segmenting the security guarding sector and guard Basic pay using the customer and guard’s categorizations.
- Government to make sure that a policy is drafted to ensure that employees are paid a salary that can accommodate them and that the employers can afford.
- Improved working conditions for the Security Guards.
- Security firms to be equipped with the necessary uniform to keep the guards comfortable and healthy during their work shifts
- Close supervision and monitoring of the highly educated security personnel is required.
- Ensure proper equipment is provided to officers across all relevant assignments to improve performance.
- Amendment of Section 53 by Parliament.
- Vetting, Recruitment and Training of Security officers.
- Preparation of Armory.
- Credit Reference Bureaus (CRB) should serve as a safety net for unpaying customers who consume Private Security Services for months and switch to other firms after demand for payment.
Sector Board Chair, Mr. Silvanus Sewe in his closing remarks noted that security grows 7.5% globally and that the transformation of the sector is on the stakeholder’s shoulders hence external factors cannot be ignored. He urged members to speak one language and as a result, a new subcommittee was formed to help tackle the challenges being faced by the Private Security entities.