Conference to discuss growing threat of insecurity

Published on 18/06/2009

By Ferdinand Mwongela

A major security conference will kick off today in Nairobi, amid concerns of runaway insecurity in various parts of the country.

The International Security and Safety Conference and Exhibition comes at a time when Kenya is grappling with increasing cases of muggings, kidnappings, carjackings, armed robberies and murders.

Organised by the private sector under the theme ‘Partnership in Security and Safety’, the conference aims at creating more awareness among the public on security solutions available in the market.

“Security and safety has become a source for major concern not only among corporate entities but individuals and households. Insecurity scares away local and foreign investors,” said Mr Andrew Karanja, the event organiser.

Internal Security and Provincial Administration PS Francis Kimemia will open the three -day conference at the Sarit Centre.

In recent months,a concerns has been raised over the ability of security agencies to provide adequate security to Kenyans. The organisers of the conference however, pointed out that the security conference, which mostly involves private local security providers, was not an indication of police inability to perform the function.

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Dennis Ndwiga the G4S Brand Manager said that private security companies do not seek to replace the role of the police in the provision of security, but were merely complementing the public security agencies. “We need to appreciate what the police are doing,” he said. Ndwiga said that the relationship between private security companies has been good.

According to the conference organisers, 100 participants and 40 exhibitors both local and foreign have will attend.

This will be the first time the conference is held but the organisers plan to make this an annual event.

Exhibitors and speakers at the conference are expected to touch on issues ranging from physical security products and fire systems to IT and computer security.

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