The Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) has cancelled the licenses of nine non-compliant private security companies.
In a notice on Tuesday February 6, PSRA said the companies breached the provisions of the Private Security Regulation Act No. 13 of 2016.
“Pursuant to Sections 10 (c), 31 (b) and 32 of the Private Security Regulation Act No. 13 of 2016, the Authority hereby notifies users, prospective users, representatives of users of private security services and the general public that it has with immediate effect cancelled the certificates of registration and licenses of the Private Security Companies listed in the schedule hereto,” read the notice.
The companies include Victory Protective Services Africa Limited of registration number PSRA/VPSAL/I9/69 and Victory Consultants Limited registered under the number PSRA/VCL/I9/43.
Others included Bedrock Security Services Limited and Bedrock Security Alarms Systems and Product Limited of registration numbers PSRA/BSS/19/26 and PSRA/BSASAPL/I9/45 respectively.
“They have violated the terms and conditions attached to their certificates of registration as corporate private security service providers,” read the notice.
Senaca East Africa Limited registered as PSRA/SEAL/19/55 and Hipora Security Solutions Limited of registration number PSRA/HSSL/19/03 were also deregistered.
Others include Salama Fikira International [Kenya) Limited, Marco Security Limited and Superb Marketing Solutions Limited.
“The companies have contravened Section 33 of the Act having employed and/or engaged Private Security Officers who are not in possession of Guard Force Numbers as proof of registration by the Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Act,” added the notice.
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PSRA Warns Against Engaging the 9 Companies
PSRA explained that the nine companies failed, declined, or refused to comply with minimum wage regulations.
The Authority warned users, prospective users or representatives of users of security services not to procure, hire or otherwise engage security services from the nine companies.
“Section 69 of the Private Security Regulation Act No. 13 of 2016 stating that any person who hires, employs, or otherwise engages the services of any unlicensed private security firm commits an offence and shall be liable to a fine or to both such fine and imprisonment in the case of a natural person and two million shillings (Kshs.2,000,000/=) in the case of a corporate,” said PSRA.
Besides, PSRA CEO Fazul Mahamed said the Authority will be conducting periodic reviews of the compliance status of Private Security Companies with the provisions of the Act.
Consequently, the lists of registered private security service providers and those whose registration certificates have been canceled shall be regularly updated.