Security firms scramble for clients

HARARE - Zimbabwe's continued economic decline resulting in massive company closures has seen security firms engaging in unethical practises to win clients.

The Security Association of Zimbabwe (Saz) out-going president Chamunorwa Ngwerume said depressed demand for security services and the acute liquidity crunch were forcing some companies to break the law for survival.

“We have seen an unprecedented increase in the mushrooming of security companies some of which are genuine and most of them are fly-by night security companies.

“The absence of a tight regulatory framework is now threatening the existence of law abiding security companies,” he said at the association’s annual general meeting held in the capital last week.

Ngwerume added that there are a number of unscrupulous individuals fleecing people of their hard-earned cash through offering bogus security guard training under trees and open spaces with no proper training facilities and then promise nonexistent jobs.

“This is bringing the image of the industry into disrepute and we call upon the ministry of Home Affairs to reign in these companies and individuals. They must stop it,” he said.

Ngwerume noted that the long-running wage dispute between employers and unions in the security industry has been resolved.

“The arbitrator noted that under the prevailing economic environment it was not feasible to award any wage increase and hence ruled that the existing wages should be allowed to continue until the macro-economic situation improves,” Ngwerume said.

Home Affairs minister Ignatious Chombo, who was guest of honour at the event, said the security industry must come up with regulatory framework to foster business growth and employment creation.

“The regulatory authority instrument will enable all security organisations to operate with some mutual understanding, enable you to negotiate both the wages and the tariffs, standards in your industry thereby building trust and harmonising operations.

“With this instrument in place, it will be possible to harness all the other illegal operators who are currently operating without licences,” he said.

Chombo added that Saz must keep up creating employment as this helps in alleviating poverty in the country.

“It is pleasing to learn that your association employs 24 000 workers, representing 72 percent of the total number of employees registered with the National Employment Council for the security industry. This, in my view is quite commendable,” minister said.

At the meeting, Michael Mazhazhate was nominated to be the new Saz president.

Comments (1)

The outgoing SAZ President should have lobbied for the promulgation of the necessary conducive regulatory frame work. With the Coming in of the New SAZ, President we pray that there be a lobby for appropriate regulatory changes. There is no need to take side with those in breach of the Law or Sing along those lame ducks tunes.

Justin Muwonda - 24 October 2016

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