• Private Security Regulatory Authority will now register all bouncers and bodyguards
• Most security guards at private houses remain legally uncovered
Bouncers will now need to be employed by a corporate body or vetted company as well as receiving proper training. As a result, their salaries are likely to rise to Sh30,000 per month.
It is a good step to bring order to an often anarchic sector. Bouncers are often responsible for injuries and unpleasant incidents outside bars, nightclubs and events. The new ruling targets bodyguards, event controllers as well as normal bouncers.
The new ruling only applies to "premises used for entertainment, recreational or sporting purposes".
But there is still ambiguity. What should be done with security guards at homes and other private institutions? Do they also need to be registered with the Private Security Regulatory Authority?
There must be millions of private guards working at homes and elsewhere across the country. They are effectively unregistered 'bouncers' as well. Do they also need to be trained and officially employed? Should they just be ignored?
If there is to be consistency in the security sector, then all private security guards should be registered and treated like bouncers.
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