Mr. Fazul also provided updates regarding the development of a
standardized curriculum for the security industry, noting the
importance of segmenting the officers to allow for
sector-specific training and licensing.
"We are finalizing a
standard curriculum that everyone within the industry will be
required to undergo.
"We are also liaising with the relevant government bodies to
come up with sector-specific courses; such that an officer
manning a gate in Kileleshwa for example will not then be
allowed to switch over to secure a Cash-In-Transit vehicle.
"All officers will receive training specific to their
assignments, be it aviation security, maritime security or V.I.P
"Even I will undergo the training myself."
The remuneration and welfare of private security officers has
at times been a thorny issue, and Mr. Fazul was firm in his
rebuke of any firms that were yet to comply to the minimum wage
policy prescribed by the government.
"The era of paying a guard five thousand shillings will be a
long gone case.
"And I can assure you, within six months of the gazettement
of the regulations, any company found contravening these
guidelines will not be allowed to operate."
In closing, Mr. Fazul noted that the inclusion of the private
security sector will free up more officers within the National
Police Service, in effect enhancing national security.
"The National Security organs have been stretched to provide
services that are not part of their core mandate such as V.I.P
protection and cash-in-transit services.
"These are all functions that should only be handled by
private security services.
"This will allow us to free up thousands of police officers
to focus on serving the larger public," he commented.
"Within the next few months, we will have a totally different
face of the security industry."
Also speaking during the event, the Securex C.E.O Tony Sahni
was quick to laud the new recruits for their efforts and welcome
them into the Securex fold.
"My hearty congratulations go to you all for the passing our
"I know that this is a big day for you and for your friends
and family also in attendance.
"You have done us proud."
The Securex Chairman, Kishorilal Sahni, also lauded the
recruits while heaping praise on the training team that took the
officers through the two-week course.
"You have all done a stellar job to make it this far.
"It gives me great pleasure today to see the fruit of the
seed I sowed 50 years ago."
Turning to Mr. Fazul Mahamed, Mr. Sahni quipped that the
firm’s training methods were beyond the industry standard.
"We were reading some time ago that all security guards will
need some special kind of training in the near future, but I
feel that we are probably one step ahead and our officers are
already undergoing that standard of training."