17 April 2019

Kenya: Security Guard Who Was Filmed Assaulting Woman Now Suspended

A security guard, who was caught on tape assaulting a woman has been suspended, this according to Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA).

The KK Security guard, identified as Philip Kiriba, was filmed hitting an unidentified woman who claimed she was a tenant of Lobelia Court, Kilimani in Nairobi where the incident happened.

The Monday incident happened after the victim tried filming the guard as he was having an altercation with another tenant at the apartment.

In a statement released on Tuesday, PSRA said following preliminary investigations of the incident, they have ordered for the immediate suspension of the officer and an internal disciplinary process by the employer as well as reporting the incident to the nearest police station.

SUSPENSION

"All the orders have been adhered to and the said officer is currently on suspension," said Fazul Mohammed the authority's CEO.

"This incident clearly shows the necessity for training especially in customer service, effective communication, dispute resolution, and conflict management," Mohammed further said.

The authority also apologised to the public, saying the incident is highly regrettable.

ARMED GUARDS

Details of why the security guard and the said tenant were having an altercation still remain unclear.

In the short clip, the security guard, after noticing that he was being filmed, tells the woman not film him, before pouncing on her.

Early this year, the PSRA gave a green light to private security officers to carry guns as the first line of defence against any incident.

On Tuesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'I said the plan by the government to allow arming of private security guards to complement police work will be effected in strict adherence with the law.

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