Poor remuneration makes security guards vulnerable, dangerous
Posted Thursday, October 3 2013 at 01:00
The story of a private security guard who killed the owner of a company he was guarding, did not come as a shock to me.
According to the story that I watched on TV, there was a footage of the ‘askari’ walking into the office of the company boss and walking out after executing his dastardly mission. The man abandoned his gun and took off. He just wanted the life of the company owner and nothing else.
I was not surprised because many security guards are frustrated men and women holding lethal weapons. We have previously seen and read of many such cases of private guards robbing their clients or killing them and even murdering their immediate bosses. Do these private security companies really check the mental state of their recruits?
This also brings me to the safety of our shopping malls and our children. As we know, terrorists are well-funded to execute their heinous handiwork. So imagine a scenario where a terrorist gives Shs1 million to an ‘askari’ who earns less than Shs100, 000 to allow them access to a public facility!
How many guards who have to buy uniforms and shoes from their meager salaries and have loans to pay, would resist such an offer? Many of us may not do much to improve the pay of these ‘askaris’ but at least let’s give them respect as human beings in the line of duty. Their employers also need to seriously look at the issue of pay.
Bernard Opwonya, email@example.com