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Kenya: Matiang’i Orders Audit of Security Firms




Tough times lie ahead for over 2,000 private security firms that fail to pay taxes and remit statutory deductions after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i yesterday ordered a compliance audit.

The audit, to be conducted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and the office of the Inspector-General of Police starting January, will see non-compliant companies edged out of the industry in April next year.


“New licences will be issued to all compliant private security firms in April 2020. Anyone who will be found not to have complied will not be in business forthwith,” Dr Matiang’i said.

Speaking during the launch of the training curriculum for level-one private security guards at the Kenya School of Government in Kabete yesterday, the CS also ordered the Private Security Regulations Authority (PRSA) to publish service standards for private security guards in the next 30 days.

The government intends to enforce the Security Regulations Act (2016), which were annulled by the National Assembly Committee on Delegated Legislation last month.

“We are determined to reform this sector. Nothing will stop us or stand in our way. Investors should be happy because we are opening up opportunities for them in government parastatals and other agencies where the guards will be deployed instead of the police,” Dr Matiang’i said.