The government announced it will conduct mandatory security inspections at six major entertainment venues in the Nairobi metropolitan area. The Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) stated that the purpose of these inspections is to ensure that all security personnel employed at these establishments are licensed.

According to the PSRA, the inspection aims to verify that bouncers at these clubs have undergone mandatory security training, possess valid licenses, and carry Guard Force Numbers (GFNs) while on duty. The clubs scheduled for inspection include Kettlehouse in Lavington, Quiver in Kitengela, Black Samurai Lounge, Milan, Embakasi Bistrol, and Oyster Bay.

The regulator emphasized that this exercise is conducted in accordance with Section 9 (b) of the Act and will be carried out regularly to ensure continuous oversight and enforcement of compliance with standards.

This inspection follows the regulator’s previous directive that all private security personnel must undergo mandatory security training. Those found offering services without proper certification or licensing face potential fines or imprisonment. Upon completing the training, bouncers will be issued guard force numbers by the PSRA.

Furthermore, all bouncers are required to visibly display their guard force numbers, along with their names and license numbers, while on duty. The PSRA also mandates that bouncers operate under corporate entities to enhance accountability.

This move comes in response to a recent incident where journalists and Nacada officials were attacked by bouncers during a shisha crackdown at a nightclub.

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