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Government to inspect Quiver, Milan and 4 other top nightclubs

The Private Security Regulations Authority (PSRA) has announced plans to inspect several entertainment venues and clubs in Nairobi following the closure of several popular nightlife spots.

The inspections are scheduled to take place on Thursday,  February 8, from 8 am.

In a statement released by the authority, it was revealed that the targeted clubs include Kettle House, Embassy Bistro, Milan, Black Samurai Lounge, Oyster Bay and Quiver Kitengela.

The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that bouncers employed at these establishments have undergone mandatory training and have the necessary licences and valid Guard Force Numbers (GFNs) to operate as private security providers.

“The Authority in terms of Section 9 (b) of the Act will conduct an inspection of entertainment venues and clubs in Nairobi on Thursday, February 8, 2024,” reads part of the statement.

According to the regulations, the authority has the right to require premises to produce licences and other relevant documents for inspection, including books and records specified in the notice.

The PSRA stressed that these inspections will be carried out regularly to ensure compliance with the set standards. Establishments found guilty of breaching the guidelines risk deregistration, suspension or fines.

The move comes in the wake of recent measures taken by the regulator to regulate the security industry.

Fazul Mohamed the Director General of PSRA listed down the nine security companies that have had their licenses cancelled for not complying with the law

The nine companies include; Victory Protective Services Africa Limited, Victory Consultants Limited, Bedrock Security Services Limited, Bedrock Security Alarms Systems and Product Limited and Senaca East Africa Limited.

Others are; Hipora Security Solutions Limited, Salama Fikira International (Kenya) Limited, Marco Security Limited and Superb Marketing Solutions Limited.

“Pursuant to the Private Security Regulations Act number 13 of 2016, the Authority hereby notifies users, prospective users, representatives of users of private security services and the general public that it has cancelled the certificates of the companies,” the statement read in part.

The companies were also accused of violating the terms and conditions attached to their certificates of registration as corporate private security service providers, failing, declining and/or refusing to comply with minimum wage regulations and they also contravening section 33 of the Act having employed and/or engaged Private Security Officers who do not own Guard Force Numbers as proof of registration by the Authority.

Amidst these regulatory efforts, several nightlife venues have recently closed their doors for various reasons.

Casa Vera Lounge, Club Florida (Mad House), 1824 Nightclub and Whiskey River Club are among the notable venues that have bid farewell to their patrons, marking the end of an era for Nairobi’s nightlife scene.