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Five security companies withdraw case with government

Five out of nine security companies have made the decision to withdraw their case challenging the government’s minimum pay requirement of Sh30,000 salary pay to guards.

The private security companies that have decided to withdraw the motion include; Victory Protective Services Africa Limited, Victory Consultants Limited, Senaca East Africa Limited, Hipora Security Solutions and Marco Security Limited.

The Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) in a statement said that the companies had decided to pay the Sh30,000 minimum wage to the companies.

The matter was withdrawn from court on Monday, February 9, 2023.

“Take notice that the petitioners herein have wholly withdrawn the petition, together with the Notice of Motion application dated February 9 2024, with no orders as to costs,” read part of the withdrawal notice.

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PSRA boss Mr Fazul Mahamed lauded the five companies for taking the move saying that it was a clear indication that the security companies have made the decision to pay their guards well.

“Just as a shepherd tirelessly tends to his flock, the Authority remains vigilantly committed to its legal duty to ensure that private security officers are treated professionally, with dignity, and are fairly remunerated,” said Mr Fazul.

The five companies had on February 5, 2023, had their licenses cancelled after they were accused by PSRA of non-compliance to the Sh30,000 minimum wage for its officers.

Mr Mahamed went ahead and accused the companies of operating against the law and not following regulations set by PSRA.

Four days after the cancellation of the licenses the nine companies challenged the decision in court.

Apart from the five that have withdrawn the matter from court others whose licenses were cancelled include; East African Limited, Salam Fikira International, Superb Marketing Solutions and Bedrock Security Limited.

A month ago, labour Cabinet Secretary (CS) Florence Bore and her Interior counterpart Prof Kithure Kindiki differed over a plan to increase the minimum wage.