Se­cu­rity firms reg­u­la­tion author­ity set up

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Min­istry of Home Af­fairs has set up the Zim­babwe Al­liance of Pri­vate Se­cu­rity (ZAPS), a reg­u­la­tory author­ity for se­cu­rity com­pa­nies in the coun­try.

Home Af­fairs Deputy Min­is­ter Cde Obe­d­ingwa Mguni said the ZAPS had been es­tab­lished to en­sure that ser­vices of­fered by se­cu­rity com­pa­nies were up to stan­dard and would com­ple­ment State se­cu­rity. He said the reg­u­la­tory author­ity would gov­ern se­cu­rity com­pa­nies that pro­vided se­cu­rity guards, track­ing de­vices, se­cu­rity equip­ment and all other se­cu­rity re­lated ser­vices.

Cde Mguni said all se­cu­rity com­pa­nies were ex­pected to be­come af­fil­i­ates of ZAPS and meet its re­quire­ments.

He said var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions and fa­cil­i­ties were un­der su­per­vi­sion by pri­vate se­cu­rity per­son­nel hence the need to en­gage them. “As a Min­istry we have launched the Zim­babwe Al­liance of Pri­vate Se­cu­rity to­gether with se­cu­rity com­pa­nies. Pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pa­nies play a cru­cial role as they com­ple­ment State se­cu­rity and as such we ex­pect them to be pro­fes­sional, well trained and well equipped.

“That is why we have set up this reg­u­la­tory author­ity that will closely mon­i­tor their op­er­a­tions. Our Min­istry has all along been re­spon­si­ble for giv­ing op­er­at­ing li­cences to se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and in ad­di­tion we want to mon­i­tor their ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ the Deputy Min­is­ter said.

Cde Mguni said the reg­u­la­tory author­ity com­prised of a chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and board mem­bers and would or­gan­ise train­ing for se­cu­rity per­son­nel to en­sure they were prop­erly trained and ac­cred­ited se­cu­rity com­pa­nies that met re­quired stan­dards. He said the reg­u­la­tory author­ity was also go­ing to put in place laws that would gov­ern op­er­a­tions of se­cu­rity com­pa­nies.

Cde Mguni said ZAPS per­son­nel would also phase out un­der­per­form­ing com­pa­nies.

“Se­cu­rity com­pa­nies will be an­swer­able to ZAPS which in turn will be mon­i­tored by our Min­istry. Some of our cru­cial Gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions such as bor­ders are be­ing manned by in­com­pe­tent se­cu­rity of­fi­cers. “Some of the se­cu­rity com­pa­nies are man­u­fac­tur­ing sub­stan­dard prod­ucts and in some cases equip­ment is be­ing in­stalled by un­trained peo­ple and we want all these anom­alies to come to an end,” he said.

Cde Mguni said the Min­istry would or­gan­ise a look and learn pro­gramme be­tween ZAPS and es­tab­lished se­cu­rity reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties from other coun­tries. — @DubeMatutu

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