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Private guards’ parade commander from Bedrock Security instructs other guards as they march past dais at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu during the Labor Day celebrations. [Denish Ochieng/ Standard]

The Government has announced a roll-out of vetting and licensing exercise targeting Private Security Providers in the country.

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A press statement from the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination has revealed that all the private security firms will be subjected to vetting and clearance pursuant to the Private Security Regulations Act 2016.
Part of the statement read:
SEE ALSO :High mass slum lighting has brightened up livesThe firms being vetted will be cleared by the Private Security Regulations Authority, a body mandated with vetting and clearing all the corporate private security providers.
Some of the requirements preferred by the government for the qualification of vetting and later licensing include:
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It has further set the deadline for the exercise warning that the providers who will not meet set standards will be locked.  
“Only private security providers who have been security vetted and cleared will be considered for licensing by 31st March 2020,” noted the statement.
SEE ALSO :Yattani squeezes Sh131b from agencies to fund Big 4The vetting comes in the wake of complaints from the security firms regarding what they term as unfair taxation.  
On December 7, 2019, Protective Security Industry Association (PSIA) presented a memorandum to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), where it argued that the government is overtaxing its members due to the structuring of the prevailing taxation policy.
PSIA Chair Cosmas Mutava lamented the current model, which he attributed to high operation costs for the firms. He said that some of their clients pay late, yet every month KRA expects them to pay taxes without delay.
“The guarding companies pay the wages and 16 per cent VAT while we wait for the payment. Some customers pay after 30, 45, 60, 90, some even after 120 days,” said Mutava.
The private firms have also been on the receiving end of blame. On October 31, 2019, the Kenya National Private Security Workers’ Union Secretary General Isaac Andabwa told National Assembly Delegated Legislation that the firms were milking fortunes from their clients and paying their guards peanuts.
SEE ALSO :Senate slows State bid to grow debt to Sh9trFor instance, it emerged that some companies would be paid Sh50,000 per guard, only for them to pay guards Sh8,000 as their wages.
While appearing before the committee, which was chaired by Uasin Gishu legislator Gladys Shollei, the Principal Secretary for Interior Dr Karanja Kibicho said that the government had to look at the two sides of the coin.
“When you listen to the guards, their story is different from what the firms are saying. We have to be fair to both parties,” he said.
He said that the restructuring which includes vetting will address the plight of workers and their employers.

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Senate committee recommends removal of Wajir Governor Abdi

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The Nyamira Senator Okon’go Omogeni-chaired committee found that the Wajir county boss was guilty of gross violation of the Constitution by flouting the County Government Act, Public Procurement Act and Asset Disposal Act and the Public Finance Management Act.
The committee, however,  absolved the governor from abuse of office and Gross Misconduct charges, saying the Members of County Assembly did not provide sufficient evidence.
The final vote on his proposed impeachment by the Senate takes place on Monday evening. 
Mohamud was impeached on Tuesday, April 27, after 37 MCAs voted in favour of his ouster, while 10 opposed his removal.
The MCAs cited financial impropriety, abuse of office, gross misconduct and violation of the Constitution as grounds for his removal.
They accused the county boss of breaching Articles 235 of the Constitution, the County Government Act, and the Public Service Act by allegedly constantly reshuffling county officers.
They also faulted the governor for flouting the Public Procurement Act and Asset Disposal Act.
The Senate voted to have him tried in a committee with 28 senators voting in favour of the committee, 14 for plenary while two abstained. Okong’o Omogeni was deputized by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika in the 11-member committee.

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The committee held sittings between Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13 before retreating to write the report over the weekend. The report was tabled in a special sitting on Monday, May 17. 

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Better living conditions for incarcerated children and women

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A day care center officially unveiled by Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination. [Muriithi Mugo, Standard]

The prisons’ service, in partnership with Faraja Foundation, has rolled out a rehabilitation programme for inmates.
The programme targets enhancing structures at the correctional facilities and making them friendlier to prison staff and inmates.
Jane Kuria, the CEO of Faraja Foundation, says the non-governmental organisation aims for successful reintegration of inmates to the community upon release from prison.
“Faraja Foundation wants to be remembered for supporting former convicts to reintegrate back to the community,” Kuria noted.
She added that many ex-convicts had to start lives afresh after jail terms, hence the need to help them fill the gap in reintegrating with society.
Donating beds and other items was a way of helping inmates survive and get rehabilitated in preparation for their return to society, she added.
The foundation aims to distribute 2,160 beds to the 43 women prisons that hold about 2,615 inmates and 210 children accompanying them.

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Daris Kangi the Officer in charge Embu women’s prison (L) chats with Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination at the newly unveiled daycare at the Prison. Through a partnership with Faraja Foundation, the Prisons service will also distribute 2160 beds to all Women Prisons across the country. May 13, 2021. [Muriithi Mugo,Standard]

Speaking during the unveiling of day-care built by Faraja at Embu Women’s prison, Kuria said children jailed with their mothers did not deserve to undergo hardship.

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David Bett, chair of Faraja Foundation, challenged stakeholders to consider a review of the open-door policy that will also see prison staff benefit more.
Winnie Guchu, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination CAS, said the government had targeted to have day-care centres in all women’s prisons.
“Women convicted with children lacked caretakers of their children at home and this forced them to carry the babies along for the duration of their sentences,” said Ms Guchu.
She said the children were innocent and that they had the right to a conducive environment for growth through the day-care centres.
“These children should have places for entertainment, playing as well as good sleeping areas,” said Guchu.
She unveiled the day-care center and received 160 of 2,160 beds from the Faraja Foundation, destined for distribution in all the 43 women’s prisons countrywide.
Also present was Commissioner of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo. 

 

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What you need to know about the Juja by-election

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The late Juja MP Francis Waititu aka Wakapee.

The Juja parliamentary seat became vacant after MP Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer on February 22, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital.
Waititu was elected on a Jubilee ticket during the 2017 General Election. He garnered 66,190 votes.
According to IEBC, Juja constituency has 114,761 registered voters.
The 2017 General Election had an 80 per cent voter turn-out which saw 91,801 Kenyans casting their votes in the region.  
The by-election
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, voters in the Juja constituency will head to the polls to elect their next member of parliament.
A total of eleven candidates will square it out in the mini poll.

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Jubilee Party By-election Juja MP Nominee Susan Njeri Waititu during certificate issuance at the Party’s Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Main contenders

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1. Waititu Susan Njeri – Jubilee Party
2. Ndung’u George Koimburi – Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP)
Others:
3. Mwangi Kariuki Chege – Independent
4. Kagera Eunice Wanjiru – The New Democrats (TND)
5. Kariuki Joseph Gichui –  Independent
6. Kariuki Rashid Iregi –  Independent
7. Marungo James Kariuki – Independent
8. Mburu John Njoroge – People’s Party of Kenya (PPK)
9. Ndung’u Antony Kirori – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP)
10. Ndung’u Kennedy Gachuma – National Liberal Party (NLP)
11. Zulu Julius Thiong’o – Independent

 

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