Eldoret court to rule on private security firms pay row today
Private security companies will today know if they will be compelled to implement a legal notice setting the minimum wage for their guards as directed by the government.
Eldoret High Court Judge Justice Reuben Nyakundi is set to deliver a ruling on whether the security firms should comply with the requirement or continue paying their guards at the current rates under legal notice PSRA/005/2023, pending the hearing and determination of an application filed by private security companies.
The security firms moved to the High Court under a certificate of urgency, seeking conservatory orders to put on hold the implementation of the legal notice as directed by the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) Director General Fazul Mohamed.
Justice Nyakundi said he would not want to cause injustice in the whole process and asked the parties involved to avail themselves before court, where he will rule on whether the security firms would have to pay their security guards as per the revised rates or not.
The Ministry of Interior and National Administration, the Attorney General, and the Private Security Regulatory Authority Director General have been named as respondents in the matter.
Justice Nyakundi directed all the parties involved to be availabletoday at 10 for a status conference.
Through their lawyer, Kevin Kimaru, the security companies pleaded with the court to put on hold the implementation of the directive owing to the hard economic challenges the industry is facing currently.