Private security guards manning public places will now be licensed to carry firearms while on duty after fresh training and vetting, authorities said Friday.
The Private Security Regulatory Authority CEO Fazul Mahamed said this will happen in six months’ time.
Mr Mahamed spoke at the Nairobi Railways Club where all senior supervisors and managers of security firms had converged to discuss modalities of the arming of private guards in the wake of the terrorist attack in Nairobi Tuesday that left 21 people dead.
The official said the proposal has been work in progress and had the blessings of the Interior ministry in collaboration with other national security organs.
"Those to be armed are in government and public installations and those in cash in transit. We are preparing for a thorough vetting of employers and guards to ensure its success," he said.