US Responds to Ksh1 Billion Suit From Kenyan Security Guards

  • Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Donald Trump at the White House. Twitter
  • The US Government has responded to the Ksh1 billion suit it has been roped into by former KK Security company guards. 

    The embassy told Nation that the dispute is between the guards and their employer and not the State Department or the US Embassy in Nairobi. 

    However, the department stated that it was looking forward to an amicable resolution between the two parties.

    A partial photo of a KK security guard wearing the company uniform

    Responding to security concerns after the dismissal of the 358 guards, the embassy assured its citizens and Kenyans working in the department that they were safe nonetheless.

    “In Nairobi, there is a contingency plan and it was executed. Beyond that, the department cannot comment on the details of our security procedures," the embassy stated.

    The security workers' protests began less than two weeks after Al-Shabaab terrorists killed 21 people at the DusitD2 complex in Nairobi.

    The guards' representatives told a Milimani Law Courts on Friday that the dispute had exposed US diplomats working in Kenya to security threats due to the termination of the guards' contracts.

    "The company opted to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the guards with a view to harassing and intimidating them in order to continue withholding their overtime arrears amounting to more than Ksh1 billion,” the guards said in a statement.

    They further claimed that they were aware that the US Government had released Ksh10.4 Million on January 23, 2019, which had not been disbursed to them.

    KK Security is part of Canadian firm Garda World Protective Services which is considered the world’s largest privately owned security company.

    A front view of the US Embassy, Nairobi.