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Security guards want guns

01 October 2013, 12:34 Robert Etakwa

Nairobi - Kenya National Private Security Workers Union is now calling for supply of guns and bulletproof vests to its members following the recent security threats in the country.

The union’s Secretary, Isaac Andabwa, charged that the Westgate terror attack could have been thwarted by the private security guards manning the premises if only they were armed with the requisite arsenal.

The group is proposing periodic trainings to its members if they are to tactfully face emerging challenges ranging from terrorism to first line defense.

The union’s call comes barely a week after the Westgate attack that saw one security guard dead and several others falling casualties.

At least 67 people lost their lives in the attack carried out by the ragtag militia group of Al Shabaab. Kenya National Private Security Workers Union alleges that the attack could not have taken place in the scale it did, if private security guards manning the besieged mall were armed with guns.

The union’s Secretary, Isaac Andabwa, demanded that the government allow its guards to go about their duties loaded with guns and bulletproof vests, just like their counterparts in the neighboring Uganda.

Andabwa added that their members are executed at will owing to lack of proper defense mechanism.

The union now proposes setting up of an institution by the government to train the private guards on the emerging challenges of terrorism.

The group at the same time demanded integration of its members to government training modules if security is to be streamlined.

The union further called on parliamentarians to expedite debate on the private security bill which if enacted will go a long the way in regulating the sector.

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