Kenya: Regulatory Authority Announces Fresh Mandatory Vetting for Private Security Firms

10 December 2019

Nairobi — The Government has announced a mandatory vetting of all private security firms in the country, in a move meant to streamline the sector employing 700,000 people.

The vetting will be carried out by the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA), a few days after they launched a training curriculum set to help equip guards with basic skills on how to deal with security challenges like terrorism, among others.

The vetting is the latest in government's ambition to align the private security sector to enhance response to security challenges facing the country.

In a statement on Tuesday, the authority directed security firms operating in the country to submit crucial documents including their registration documents, certified copies of identification documents for owners, directors, trustees, shareholders and passport copies with respect to foreigners.

"Only private security providers who have been security vetted and cleared will be considered for licensing," a statement by the authority read in part.

Top managers will also be required to submit a valid certificate of good conduct and their Kenya Revenue Authority pin certificate.

The vetting, which the authority said will be rigorous, will also cover three consecutive years of a security firm's audited accounts.

The Fazul Mohammed-led authority is based at Nairobi's Lonrho House.

No private security firm will be allowed to operate in the country as from April 1, 2020, without demonstrating full compliance with Kenya's tax obligations and the service standards that are set to be gazetted by the (PSRA).

- Private Security Regulatory Authority (@PSRAuthority) December 10, 2019

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has since directed the authority to gazette service standards for private security companies within the next 30 days.

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