Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has opposed the proposals to have private security firms arm their employees with fireams following a recent attack at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi.
Elach urged the Government to allow security firms to assign National Youth Service graduates who, according to her, were better qualified to handle the weapons.
Addressing the press on Thursday, Ms. Elach said giving the guards firearms would be dangerous.
The speaker asked the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) to establish a regulatory framework before arming the guards.
“We must first have a proper legal framework in place before implementation. Furthermore, most private security guards do not have sufficient training and this could compromise our security.” said Elachi.
Meanwhile, PSRA affirmed Kenyans that if the proposal is adopted, only a few individuals charged with special operations will be given fireams.
PSRA Director General Fazul Mohamed said every private security officer would have to undergo a thorough mandatory psychiatric evaluation, before being armed with a gun.
“After conducting a security risk assessment, we are convinced that if the guards were armed, they could have deterred the terrorists from taking innocent lives,” said Fazul.
The proposal comes after a terror attack at DusitD2 hotel in Westlands along Riverside Drive, which claimed at least 21 lives.