We all recognise that terror remains a veritable threat and that we must beef up security operations, intensify vigilance and involve everyone in safekeeping.
Security companies will also be vetted to weed out criminals in the industry before licensing private guards to own guns.
Licensed civilian firearm holders have up to March 18 to acquire special identification cards introduced by the Interior ministry.
Meanwhile, the Peoples’ Power Watch lobby group said the guards should be armed, with its chairman, Mr Jesse Karanja, calling for speeding up of the process.
He said Tuesday’s terror attack at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on 14 Riverside could have easily been prevented had the security guards at the gate been armed.
Armed contractors will "guard key installations" where there is "a lot of human traffic", Fazul Mahamed, director general of the Private Security Regulatory Authority, said in a media briefing late on Friday.
Thieves can safely attack a house because the security guard will only have a rungu or bow and arrow.
Executive director Derick Ngumu on Saturday told journalists that the sentries should undergo mental checkup to avoid arming people possessing any form of disorder.
However, the guards will only be licensed to carry the firearms while on duty and after going through thorough vetting and training on how to handle the guns.
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This explains the clarion call by the President that citizens must take action to ensure their safety and that of their neigbourhood and country.
A recent survey by TUKO.co.ke has indicated a majority (59%) of Kenyans are not comfortable with arming the private security guards over various reasons.
The move to monitor and control the guns in the hands of civilians is progressive, especially in the wake of last week's terrorist attack and a general rise in gun-related crimes in recent times.
The number of police officers deployed to man the places have almost doubled up; with visitors and anyone accessing the premises subjected to thorough checks, a change in tact compared with the days before terrorists struck DusitD2 hotel in Nairob...
Even on short time basis, police officers on clearly illegal assignments accompany those who can afford it to navigate dangerous highways or simply join the travelling convoy of a private individual for protection against armed robbers or indeed j...
When terrorists struck the Dusit complex in Nairobi last week, several civilians — some of dubious backgrounds, including shadowy politicians — emerged with sophisticated firearms that they liberally showed off, irrespective of the inherent risks.
Multiple highly placed sources within security circles told the Star the guns were confiscated on orders of Kenya Deputy Inspector General Edward Mbugua.
An affidavit filed by policewoman Monica Githaiga says on the fateful day, taxi driver Oliver Muthee, drove motor vehicle registration KBR 243D to Dusit with one of the killers.
A memorial service has been held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday for some of the victims of last week's deadly hotel and office complex attack.
Private security guards manning public places will now be licensed to carry firearms while on duty after fresh training and vetting, authorities said Friday.
In the wake of the dusitD2 attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists and the call for vigilance by all Kenyans, politician Musalia Mudavadi has asked the government to weed out officers who take bribes to let them into the country.